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Kerala reports 12,818 new COVID-19 cases, TPR rises to 12.38% There are 626 areas in the state with a TPR of more than 10%. Kerala on Thursday recorded 12,818 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of active cases in the state to 1.28 lakh and the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) to 12.38%. The TPR had crossed 11% on July 19 after remaining below it for several weeks. Thereafter, it has continued to rise each day and has now reached 12.38%....

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Why do ASHA workers in India earn so little? -Shruti Ambast India’s response to the pandemic has depended heavily on the exploited labour of women workers, most of them from marginalised backgrounds. These are ASHAs or Accredited Social Health Activists, the cadre of frontline Health Workers that has been mobilised for everything from door-to-door surveys, distributing medicine kits, measuring oxygen saturation, monitoring containment zones and spreading awareness about vaccines. 70,000 such women recently went on strike in Maharashtra demanding higher pay,...

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ASHAs in Madhya Pradesh on an indefinite strike; 29 arrested, released, but refuse to call off their protest - Shivani Gupta For nearly a month, frontline Health Workers in the state are on an indefinite strike demanding a monthly pay hike, status of permanent workers and compensation for dead colleagues. More details here. Since June 1, thousands of ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) workers across Madhya Pradesh are on an indefinite strike demanding a hike in their monthly honorarium and status of permanent workers. Over 60,000 of these protesting female frontline workers...

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594 doctors died in second wave of COVID-19, says IMA -Bindu Shajan Perappadan

-The Hindu So far, Delhi, Bihar, U.P. and Rajasthan have lost the maximum number of doctors. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) said that 594 doctors died during the second wave of COVID-19 across the country. It released an updated list on Wednesday and noted that Delhi (107), Bihar (96), Uttar Pradesh (67) and Rajasthan (43) have lost the maximum number of doctors so far. While no such count is available for other medical...

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COVID19 in rural India: Shortage of PHC doctors, preference for quacks and high vaccine hesitancy -Sanjana Kaushik A recent rural survey of 300 respondents in Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh, found 38% respondents preferred quacks for treatment, commonly known as nadi babas. Against 14% registering for COVID vaccination, only 4% went ahead for inoculation. These challenges need to be addressed urgently as the virus has spread in rural India. Sixty five per cent of India’s population resides in rural areas, while only 33 per cent of the health infrastructure caters...

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