Ludhiana: On one hand the local health officials are creating awareness through SMSs to inspire people to administer anti-polio drops to their children with the aim to eradicate polio and on the other hand polio drops, polio injections are not available at some of the child health care centres.The vaccinations, which are not available at health care centres, included diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine, inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) and Oral Polio Vaccination (OPV). These are the important vaccines for the children.
One of the city residents, Loven Jalota said, “Two days back, I visited child health care center situated at Sector 32, Chandigarh Road to get the vaccination of my three months old daughter. But officer present there claimed that vaccination injections and drops are not available from past ten days and even are not available in some of the other health care centers too.”
Earlier, medical teams were administering drops to children by going door-to-door. Messages such as “Uth sajan pyare…bacheyan nu polio ton bachaun di dawayi pla…” (Awake dear…administer dose against polio to children) are being sent to people on their mobile phones but now medicines are not available at centres.
However, some of the parents have also raised this issue of non-availability of vaccines in government health centres. Interestingly, on the very same day the private clinic on Chandigarh Road is providing the same vaccine to the children by charging money. Jalota, father of three months old infant said, “This move of non-availability of vaccine in government centres is stringing privatisation as private clinics are charging more for this.
I am requesting the authorities to take strict action so that medicines should be available at centres at right time.”
When contacted, Renu Chattwal, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana said, “We have no shortage of vaccine as vaccination is done on every Friday.”
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