When healthcare workers are demanding the Tamil Nadu government to provide them with sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), another group on the front lines of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is apparently left the lurch.
Around two lakh sanitation workers are being employed in the state and many of them are on contracts. Generally, most civic bodies in the state provide them with gloves, masks and overcoats. But mostly these equipment go unused as they are either oversized or undersized.
When the government has not taken any step to address this issue, the COVID-19 outbreak has put their lives in peril. Many sanitation workers are deprived of even essentials like masks and hand sanitisers.
Though major civic bodies like the Greater Chennai Corporation have provided some protective gears to the sanitation staff, workers employed under municipalities are the most affected.