MR VACCINE: H&ME deptt faces tough time as objections increase

23 students of Surankote school hospitalized after complaining of uneasiness

SUMIT BHARGAV
Rajouri, Publish Date: Sep 26 2018 3:00AM | Updated Date: Sep 26 2018 3:00AM
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The nationwide Measles Rubella (MR) vaccination programme is giving the Health and Medical Education department a tough time as the people, especially in rural area, are showcasing added resistance to the vaccination.

Meanwhile, in the rural areas, a number of schools are witnessing a sharp dip in attendance as people are refraining from sending their kids, fearing that they will be forcefully vaccinated. Besides, 23 students of Government Middle School Sangla were hospitalized on Tuesday as they complained of uneasiness after being vaccinated.

As per details available with Greater Kashmir, MR vaccination was conducted for the second day across Rajouri and Poonch, but the Health department failed to achieve desired results due to resistance by parents. "It was surprising that in many schools, where teams went for vaccination drive, the number of students was very low. Also, Government Middle School Seari Budhal was lying closed at 12:30 pm after a team visited it to conduct the drive,” sources said.

Besides, the department failed to kick-start the vaccination drive in Darhal block of Rajouri district, as not even a single child was vaccinated for the second consecutive day.

"Due to rumours against the vaccine, there is a false perception prevailing among the people. They are reluctant to get their children vaccinated and the department is facing a tough time to achieve desired results,” sources further said.

Meanwhile, in Poonch district also, the Health department carried out the MR vaccination drive for the second day. Against a target set by the department, only 28% of it has been achieved in Poonch block, 44% in Mandi and 43% in Mendhar.

Meanwhile, 23 students of GMS Sangla in Surankote were hospitalized after they were administered vaccine in the noon hours. As per reports, the students complained of uneasiness after the vaccination and had to be hospitalized.

A health department officer, while talking to Greater Kashmir, said that a child from Sangla school, who was administered MR vaccine, complained of uneasiness. “She had been sick earlier as well and she complained of uneasiness after the vaccine. Soon fear spread and some other students followed suit,” he said.

"Soon, BMO Surankote and a child specialist moved to the spot and medically examined all the children. They were declared fit, but two of the students were still taken to a hospital for general examination," the officer said, adding, “Later, other people brought their children to hospital as well, but all have now been sent home and are physically fit.”

While talking to Greater Kashmir, deputy chief medical officer Poonch Dr Shamim Bhatti said, “It was nothing more than fear that spread among the children. During medical examination, all the students were found fit," adding, “A team led by CMO Dr Mumtaz also reached the spot later to ensure that everything was fine.”

She also appealed to the general public to not pay head to rumours.

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