Provide Mobile Dispensaries & Health-camps as Essential Services During the Lockdown

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected people across the world, and has really changed the way we are living these days.

In India, while we are on a lockdown and the government is taking a lot of proactive measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, the flip-side of this does not look bright.

Based on field voices and upcoming media reports, there is a worrying disruption in India’s basic health services as local administrations focused on containing the spread of COVID-19.

This means children have missed out on immunisation, lack of follow ups for pregnant women, restricted inpatient, outpatient and emergency treatment for infectious and non-communicable diseases and lowered access to mental health treatment. Citizens are not being able to access basic healthcare. Sign my petition.

I work with a not-for-profit based in Ghaziabad, and the stories from the communities here are no different. People in slums and rural communities are making use of medicines they have with them, as they are not being able to reach the closest healthcare facility as they are shut and there is lack of public transport.

If citizens cannot reach these facilities, these facilities need to reach them.

This is why I am asking the Health Ministry to make provisions for mobile dispensaries and health camps a part of essential services and relief measures during the lockdown.

Pregnant women, elderly and children are suffering the most. Part of routine health services needs to keep running, so that people do not suffer long-term health consequences.

Sign my petition today so that every Indian can access healthcare at their doorstep, and not have to wait to reach a hospital to get their basic medication.