Despite opposition, some villages in Maoist hotbeds of Jharkhand attain 100 per cent vaccination

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Despite health workers facing oppostion from the villagers, Churdag located in the Maoist hotbed of Khunti became the first village in the district to attain 100 per cent vaccination rate on Friday.

Interestingly, Churdag is located in Torpa Block where an FIR was lodged against a villager in Unkuda for opposing the Covid vaccination drive.

Notably, people in rural areas, especially the tribal dominated districts like Gumla, Khunti, Simdega and other adjoining districts, were reluctant to get Covid vaccine, fearing death.

Not only were they reluctant to take the jabs, but health workers reaching out to tribal villages for vaccination and awareness drives were being attacked by the villagers.

The Self Help Group (SHG), women working in the villages, community leaders, political leaders and ground level staff working in Panchayati raj institutions, worked hard for over two months to convince them to get the jabs. Officials also asserted that these people played lead role in removing the hesitancy against Covid vaccine among the villagers.

“A multiple strategy was applied in which with the help of SHG women working in the villages, community leaders, political leaders and panchayati raj institutions was taken to remove hesitancy from vaccination among the tribal villages of Jharkhand,” said Nodal Officer for Health Departments IEC wing, Siddharth Tripathi.

Most possible areas were chosen first for the vaccination drive so that people living in adjacent villages get encouraged for the jab after watching them getting it successfully, he added.

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