- Need to create public awareness about vaccination – Dr Premsai Singh Tekam
Raipur: Public Health and Family Welfare and Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Mr. TS Singhdeo said that the goal of 100% vaccination in Bastar district will be achieved this year itself. He said that this goal would be achieved with the support and spirit of our health workers and mitanins. Mr. Singhdeo was addressing the daylong State-level Workshop on ‘Vaccination in Tribal Areas’ in auditorium of Agriculture College of Jagdalpur. In the workshop, Chairman Bastar Tribal Development Authority, MLA Bastar Lakheshwar Baghel, Bastar MP Deepak Baij, MLA Bhanupratappur Manoj Mandawi and Mayor Jatin Jaiswal were especially present.
Health Minister Mr. Singhdeo said that compared to the plain areas of Chhattisgarh, Bastar has different geographical, social and traditional set up. Certainly circumstances here are difficult, but not impossible. Now that we have managed to transport ration to remote villages of these areas, and our health workers and mitanins have achieved 70% of the vaccination target in difficult to reach geographical location of Sukma district, we strongly believe that the goal of 100% vaccination is achievable, said Mr. Singhdeo. He said that Health Department officials are aware about children of which areas could not be provided vaccination. Effective strategy is required to reach out to these children and mothers. Health workers also shared their views in the workshop. They demanded special incentives for health workers in Bastar region. Health Minister assured of considering their demands.
In his address to the workshop, Tribal Caste Welfare, School Education and Bastar district In-charge Minister Dr Premsai Singh Tekam said that there any many myths about vaccination prevailing in rural areas. People try to avoid vaccination if they see any child having fever or pain after vaccination. In such a situation, creating public awareness is a major requirement. For this, we can take support of influential people of the villages who can explain the benefits of vaccination to people.
Health Department Secretary Mrs. Niharika Barik Singh informed in the workshop every year, 6 lakh 22 thousand children are born in Chhattisgarh. Our target is to reach out each and every child. Last year, 91% of the given vaccination target was achieved and Chhattisgarh was among the five leading states in terms of vaccination. But when we consider Bastar region, we find that here the percentage of vaccination is only 69%. According to the National Tribal Health Report, vaccination in tribal areas is 10% less as compared to the general areas. This is the reason this year Bastar region is the focal point. Microplanning is required to reach out to 100% of the children. She appealed public representatives to extend support in this work.
The workshop was also addressed by Bhanupratappur MLA Manoj Mandavi and UNICEF Respresentative in India Mr. Bhrigu Kapooriya. Collector Kondagaon Neelkanth Tekaam, Collector Kanker KL Chauhan, Sukma Collector Chandan Kumar also shared their views on 100% vaccination. The workshop was attended by Commissioner Bastar Amrit Kumar Khalkho, Director Health Neeraj Bansod, Director National Rural Health Mission Dr Priyanka Shukla, Collector Bastar Dr Ayyaz Tamboli, Collector Narayanpur PS Elma, Collector Bijapur KD Kunjam, Dr TR Chatterjee, Tribal Expert of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University Amarkantak and State Vaccination Officer Dr Amar Singh Thakur and field team of health department, doctors, health workers and mitanins.