Bhubaneswar, Aug 7 (LocalWire): A joint study conducted by New Delhi-based Partner for Change and voluntary organizations from Odisha claimed that access to mental health treatment has been affected during the Coronavirus outbreak in the state.
The random survey studied 80 locations (79 rural and one urban) in eight districts of Odisha. Most of the studied region was tribal dominated areas.
It was done in districts like- Balangir, Baragarh, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Koraput, Rayagada and Sundergarh.
The study report said that out of the 80 locations, at majority of the areas the mental health patients have been deprived of their access to treatment or medicines.
The report however said that 44 out of 80 locations had health centres nearby and the majority of the frontline workers were also given safety kits like masks and sanitisers.
“Health Workers in almost 64 locations all the health workers are provided with gloves and masks.
In 62 locations children have been immunized during the period,” the report said.
The study meanwhile also said that the majority of the areas (46 locations) do not have access to online classes.
It also talked about lacuna in PDS distribution and other government assistance during the Coronavirus pandemic.