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VIEW: Why the health of sanitation workers needs to be our society’s concern

  • We should recognise the work of sanitation workers as just as essential as that of the brave doctors, nurses, and hospital staff who are on the frontlines of our national response to the crisis.
  • Sanitation workers’ life expectancies are ten years below the national average as a result of spending hours on end in sanitation infrastructure, which handles up to 2.6 million litres of sewage a day in metropolitan cities such as Mumbai.
  • One manual scavenger has died on the job every five days since 2017.

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