India’s Women Frontline Community Health Care Workers Tracing COVID-19 Are Left Defenseless

Pune, India — After spending two weeks at a government COVID-19 care facility in Kolhapur — in the western Indian state of Maharashtra — Ashwini Patil, 35, had made a full recovery and was discharged on May 1. Early the next morning, she was back going door to door in her village in Pune, to Kolhapur’s north, tracing suspected COVID-19 patients by checking their oxygen levels and temperatures. She would distribute medicines like paracetamol and vitamin C to those who had mild symptoms.

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