RAPID ASSESSMENT OF MEASURES ON SAFETY AMONG SANITATION AND WASTE WORKERS FOR CONTAINMENT OF COVID-19 IN NEPAL
Sanitation and waste workers are giving their much-admired effort during this pandemic. And understanding their level of knowledge, practice and safety is a must. For this, MITRA Samaj is implementing WaterAid-supported Rapid Assessment of Measures on Safety among Sanitation and Waste Workers for Containment of COVID-19 in Nepal.
Covid-19, short for coronavirus disease, is an illness that was first identified in Wuhan, China in late December. After an initial outbreak in Wuhan that spread across Hubei province, eventually infecting over 80,000 and killing more than 3,000, new infection rates in mainland China have dropped. However, the disease has since spread across 210 countries and infected more than 3,727,802 people with 258,338 deaths. In South Asia, India has reported the highest number of infections at 49,400 with 1,693 deaths. While Pakistan has reported 22,550 confirmed cases with 526 deaths, Nepal has so far reported 375 cases and two deaths (as of May 19).
To contain the virus and prevent its spread, Nepal—like other countries—has not only imposed a nationwide lockdown (until June 2, 2020) but has also adopted various measures, such as disinfecting various areas within the country, rapid testing of suspected, contact testing, treating patients in quarantine and isolation etc. In implementing these activities, the municipalities, private sector waste management companies, hospitals (both public and private) and others have also massively mobilised sanitation and waste workers, all while adopting sanitation measures.
While the activities to ensure sanitation are ongoing, it is an utmost importance to understand the knowledge about Covid-19 and safety measures adopted by sanitation and waste workers while on duty. Thus, MITRA Samaj is implementing WaterAid-supported Rapid Assessment of Measures on Safety among Sanitation and Waste Workers for Containment of COVID-19 in Nepal to understand the knowledge among sanitation and waste workers about Covid-19, safety measures being adopted, along with social, economic and personal implications they are facing.