Tribal wait for rosaries
Tribal wait for rosaries

Meghnagar (Jhabua district, Madhya Pradesh): As Covid rages through tribal predominant districts of Jhabua and Alirajpur in western Madhya Pradesh, a section of superstitious tribals in two districts have found remedies on their own.

They seem to be relying on occult sciences for treatment of fatal Covid-19. Besides, they are using roots of Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus) herb to treat corona. Covid-19 is rampant in two districts as long queues can be seen in government, private hospitals, clinics of private practitioners for treatment.

The people in villages adjoining Jhabua, Meghnagar and Thandla are banking upon Shatavari roots and rosaries to cure corona. Tribals can be seen at the houses of people who make such rosaries. Even educated people are falling prey to such things wearing rosaries. They believe that the length of the rosary increases as the disease gets cured.

Shatavari roots
Shatavari roots
Tribal shows rosary
Tribal shows rosary

Surprisingly, health department and district administration have done little to generate awareness among uneducated tribals who avoid consulting doctors on developing Covid symptoms. This poses risk for others who may contract Covid if they come in contact with such people.

Doctors asks masses to be cautious

When Block Medical Officer was contacted in this connection, he said people should refrain from such practices and exercise caution. They should visit doctors as soon as they have cough, cold or fever. “At times, people avoid going to hospitals out of fear. And by the time they approach doctors, it is too late,” he added.

A family sorts out Shatavari roots
A family sorts out Shatavari roots
Villagers wait as rosary is being made
Villagers wait as rosary is being made

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