Covid-19 and sanitation work: A call for social work response
Whilst most of the countries imposed strict lockdowns during Covid-19 pandemic, there were still certain groups of people called sanitation workers fighting from the bottom to ensure cleanliness of our society. These workers have been working round the clock yet they rarely receives recognition and appreciation for saving our lives. They are still marginalized in society due to their inherited nature of work and caste and often face stigma and discrimination. The goal of the paper is to highlight the problems faced by sanitation workers during this pandemic and also to explore the scope of social work intervention in a concise and informative manner. The current study is based in Patna city of Bihar and a sample of 50 sanitary workers was used. Data have been collected from interviews, books and articles. My research findings indicates that a higher percentage of the sanitation workers were not properly trained to handle the Covid-19 pandemic. No special safety instructions were provided to handle the coronavirus. Further, the study reflects that most of the sanitation workers didn’t received the protective equipments like masks, gloves, sanitisers and PPE kits who are still carrying out their work amid Covid-19. Social work has also faced a very tough and challenging time during this uncertain scenario. It can provide various intervention services like education, awareness, supervision, medical and legal services to the workers during this pandemic.