Health Desk- 24 April 2020: About half of the lower-income group living in coastal areas do not have any idea about the Covid-19 virus and primary protective measures against it, a non-government organisation claimed Thursday, based on their survey.
COAST Trust conducted this survey among lower wage earners in Cox's Bazar and Bhola districts through random selection, to assess primary knowledge of the coastal poor and to understand how they are following health directives, said a press release sent on Thursday.
It was seen that despite the massive awareness campaign across the country, 49 percent of respondents don't know basic rules of hand-washing and 43 percent said they are not able to follow those rules for different reasons, including lack of availability of soap.
Around 24 percent have no idea about social distancing, and 56 percent respondents either don't know about home quarantine or have misconceptions about it.
Some 13 percent said they don't know why one should wear a mask.
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director of COAST said they conducted this survey to know how the poor people of coastal area are fighting against this completely unknown disaster.