Socio-economic impacts of coronavirus on peripheral populations in Pakistan: A study of Swat district

Socio-economic impacts of coronavirus on peripheral populations in Pakistan: A study of Swat district

Publication details

  • Tuesday | 03 Nov, 2020
  • Ayesha Ilyas, Mohsin Ali
  • COVID-19 Policy Review Series
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Abstract The study aims to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Swat district taking economic stresses, social and family life, and mental health as the major indicators. Financial impact was the primary impact of the lockdown discovered during the survey. The survey finds that ban on public transport required people to utilize more expensive mode of travels that also added to their expenditures. Lockdown disrupted supply chains, hindering the availability of essential commodities, specifically in rural-urban setups. Majority respondents said that online classes have largely been ineffective due to insufficient training of teaching staff, internet connectivity issues and lack of necessary gadgets to take advantage of the medium. Increase in domestic violence, impact on family life, growth and behaviour of children have also been found as an aftermath of the disease. According to the findings, people have been hiding the status of their ailment which indicates the possibility of many cases going unaccounted for. This could have resulted in a bigger catastrophe had the condition of such patients deteriorated and/or resulted in deaths. It is evident from the low percentage of inter-family transfer of disease that they are well- informed about the SOPs and the quarantine protocols.