No Rations For Those Opposing Vaccination, Says UP Health Dept

| January 7 , 2018 , 07:39 IST

Vaccination is an important part of the development of a nation, helping prevent critical illnesses and conditions, however, despite public awareness, many continue to oppose vaccination programmes.

In a bid to "speed up" the vaccination drive, Uttar Pradesh Health Department officials in a minority-dominated block of Bijnor have now told the residents that if they do not get their kids vaccinated they would not receive rations under the government scheme.

A senior health official on Saturday said that the step has been undertaken to "put pressure" on people opposing the vaccination programme and that a similar protocol had worked successfully in another block of the district last year.

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"Many people are opposing vaccination programme in Kotwali Dehat block, playing with the lives of their kids due to lack of awareness. Now, health department is taking help of district supply office to put pressure on those people who are creating hurdle in the success of the vaccination drive," said a statement from the Bijnor health department.  

"If anyone opposes the campaign, he will not get ration. He will also not be able to avail benefits of other government schemes," the statement added.

Additional chief medical officer (ACMO) and in-charge of Kotwali Dehat block said to Times of India that the move was taken after families did not respond to sensitisation.

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"We are running a vaccination programme, Mission Indradhanush, to ensure immunization of all children in the district. But, some parents are opposing this drive. We tried to sensitize them about the importance of the programme, but they did not budge," said the ACMO.  

"Over 150 families are opposing vaccination. So, from now on, no person opposing the drive will get the ration there. It is being done to put pressure on them," he added.

"We successfully conducted this experiment in Chandak block of Bijnor last year. Initially, only 40% kids were immunized in the block. But, once we stopped the ration, over 80% children got vaccinated," the ACMO said.