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Jharkhand: Socio economic survey of families who lost members in Covid pandemic

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 Ranchi, June 13: Jharkhand government will conduct a socio-economic survey of all the families who lost their members due to the second wave of Covid-19 this year.

The Jharkhand government will conduct a initiative of survey based on social and economic aspects of families of those who died due to Covid-19 during the second wave of the pandemic in a bid to plan welfare schemes, officials said on Sunday.

In a letter addressed to  deputy commissioners of all  24 districts in the state, Jharkhand additional chief secretary (health) Arun Kumar Singh directed for constitution of a special team for surveying  families of 3,983 residents who died of Covid-19 from March 15 to June 9.

During the survey, the teams will interact with the kin of Covid victims and seek details about the members in the family of the diseased, their source of income, health condition of the family members and other information that will help the government extend support to the needy, many of whom have lost their sole bread-earners, health officials said.

“Since the people who are going to be surveyed have lost their near and dear ones, it is expected that the surveyors maintain sensitivity during the process,” the letter from the health secretary stated.

The districts have been asked to complete the survey and submit  findings to the health department by June 25. The health secretary’s letter stated that the districts may take help of District Level Surveillance Officers of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in conducting the survey.

The second wave of Covid-19 claimed at least twice as many lives in Jharkhand as the first wave. According to officials spearheading Jharkhand’s fight against the pandemic, several people belonging to  marginalized sections of society lost family members during the second wave.

During the survey,  district level teams will also find out if the families of those who died of the lethal infection have ration cards, ayushman cards, Aadhar cards and other documents that would help the government identify such families which have lost their bread earners but do not have access to welfare schemes of the government, officials said.

“The survey findings will help the government plan welfare schemes for the rehabilitation and uplift of the families that have lost their members to Covid-19,” said Siddharth Tripathi, the nodal officer of health department’s Information, Education and Communication (IEC) wing.

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