Why don’t Indian women get vaccinated at clinics?
A doctor at the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has warned women that they are not going to get vaccinated as part of a scheme to make the country safer.
Dr Manjinder Singh said on Thursday that while vaccination at clinics was not mandatory for all women, it was a requirement for women in rural areas.
“There is no requirement for all hospitals to have immunisation clinics.
We have to provide the vaccination facilities,” he said.
Singh said that in rural districts, only about 15% of the immunisation cases were in rural women.
“If you take all women in this country, the total number is about 2 million.
So we have to go to villages where they have very few immunisation centres,” he added.
Singhen said that as the country’s number one polio vaccine manufacturer, WHO has provided more than 20 million doses.
He said the vaccination scheme was aimed at protecting women and their children.
“We are talking about women who have only three children.
They are the least educated group,” he told NDTV.
“We will get the women vaccinated through our scheme, but we have no mandate to vaccinate the entire country.”
Singhen also defended WHO’s decision to vaccinating only children under 15 years old in countries like India.
He also criticised the lack of public health campaigns to teach people about the importance of vaccination.
“It’s the same way we teach our kids about vaccines,” he quipped.
India is India’s biggest market for vaccines and in February this year, the country launched the first polio vaccine for children aged 5 to 15 years, with the country expected to reach one million by 2020.