To know if Covid-19 brings any positive changes towards hygiene practice among the lower-income people; you can go through this article.
In Bangladesh, a lower-income country, a large number of its population lives under the poverty line. Adherence to a hygienic standard of living is a costly affair for these people. During Covid-19, using a face mask and frequently washing hands with soap and water is compulsory to prevent the coronavirus. But unfortunately, very few people in this country follow the hygiene rules. In this article, we will see if this pandemic brings any positive changes among the lower-income people of Bangladesh towards hygiene practices.
Covid-19 Hygiene Practices Among The Lower-Income People
When the Covid-19 broke out into Bangladesh, the conscious citizens started to come out of their houses wearing face masks following the hygiene rules. It is tough to maintain social distances in a densely populated country like Bangladesh. So, to avoid social gatherings, the Bangladesh Government issued a nationwide lockdown.
On the other hand, a large section of Bangladesh’s population living below the poverty line has not compiled with any protection due to ignorance or unawareness. They are reluctant to follow hygiene rules. Therefore, Bangladesh’s government made it mandatory to wear masks in the country at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak.
Many organizations, along with the government, tried to change the habits of Bangladesh’s people’s hygiene. They promoted using masks, how to wash hands frequently with soap and water for twenty seconds among the lower-income people of this country. They tried to bring some positive changes regarding healthy habits, but they failed.
So the Bangladesh government had to be tough on its people to deal with this situation. People are brought under the law and punished for non-compliance with health rules. So the people who are ignorant of Covid-19 started to practice the hygiene rules out of fear, not as a good habit.
Where the authority was not strict to check peoples’ behavior, hardly a few people followed the safety rules. In a rural area, very few people used masks and washed their hands with soap and water to prevent coronavirus. There was no mask on the faces of a rickshaw puller, shopkeepers, sellers, and buyers in the markets.
Three feet social distance is merely a joke for the people of Bangladesh. Most of the lower-income people of this country live in slum areas and congested places. In the slum areas, in every family, there are three to eleven members who live in a single room. So it is not easy to maintain social distance for these people.
Moreover, most of the families of Bangladesh are relying on only one member’s income. The poor people hardly manage food and other necessary things for livelihood with a small amount of money for the whole family, so buying soap and using it frequently is an extra expenditure for them. They have never had any headaches about this epidemic situation. So their hygiene habit remains the same as it was before.
Most of the people in our country are not concerned about the terrific scenario of Covid-19. For the lower-income people, it is challenging to maintain safety rules within their meager amount of income. They never follow the hygiene rules to get rid of not only from coronavirus but also from other diseases. It is not possible to bring any positive changes overnight among the unconscious people. So the government of Bangladesh, along with other welfare organizations, has to do hard-work on this matter.
- Did the Bangladesh government enroll any hygiene rules during Covid-19 to bring any positive changes?
Answer: During Covid-19, the Bangladesh government made using masks compulsory when going outside of the home. Local government also took some initiatives and set mobile water containers and soap for washing hands and tried to create awareness among the people.