Narasamma is an ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) worker serving her village Doddabelavangala for the last 10 years in rural Bengaluru. Narasamma is the one-stop call for the community in need of any medical assistance or advice.
COVID crisis couldn’t damper Narasamma’s spirits from carrying out her responsibility. With all necessary precautions, she is reaching out to community in her area, tending to many pregnant women in her area. She says that she has to be extra careful with pregnant women, providing them additional guidance on keeping themselves safe from COVID. The pregnant women at present need maximum support. As an ASHA worker she visits them in their homes, providing counselling and support and often accompanies them to Primary Health Centres (PHCs). For the adolescent girls, she is like a friend popularly called ‘ASHA aunty’ – a guide for girls in their crucial years on sexual, reproductive health and menstrual hygiene.
“My association with Save the Children has prepared me how to respond to the COVID crisis at various levels. They supported me with right information to respond to the crisis and help my community. Today, I am safe and doing all I can to keep my community safe from Covid-19 with right information at the right time – promoting Covid Appropriate Behaviour, and importance of vaccine”, says Narasamma.
“I see people look at me with hope, for information and guidance. Every month, I reach out to 1035 people from 255 households. On an average, I provide care to 10 pregnant women a month. I will continue to do serve my community, especially now, when they need me the most”, she adds.
She has ensured that 86 community members are vaccinated against COVID as soon as vaccines were made available. She proudly declares that there are ‘zero’ cases of COVID in her area. In her mission, she gets good support from the Anganwadi Workers of her area.
Narasamma is proud to be a part of Karnataka’s COVID 19 response team. Some of the houses are located in interior villages and it was difficult to reach out to those families during lockdown. But Narasamma wasn’t the one to give up. She got in touch with them on phone with information and advice to keep them safe. She spoke to community about spotting symptoms, timely testing and medication and treatment. She conducted COVID survey her village and even organised a Covid testing camp.
The pandemic has affected us all but it is the dedication and commitment of frontline workers like Narasamma that saves precious lives and inspires us all.
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