ASHA workers stage protest in north Kashmir

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Scores of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers on Monday held a protest demonstration in Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district over inadequate salary and lack of COVID-19 related safety measures including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Kits.

Witnesses told a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that ASHA workers assembled at Pattan hospital and staged protest against higher authorities for failing to provide them with COVID-19 safety measures including PPE kits.

“We have been protesting for the last 10 days to demand hike in monthly honorariums and COVID-19 related safety measures but no is paying any attention to our genuine demands,” a protesting ASHA worker said.

They alleged the government has completely neglected them even though they are at the forefront to fight the COVID-19 pandemic like other frontline Covid warriors.

They said that they are asked to meet COVID-19 positive patients and most of the contact tracing is being done by them, however, there are no adequate safety equipment available for them. (KNO)

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