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A little nudge helps tribals-dominated MP village achieve 100 per cent first-dose vaccination

Villagers in Jamui showing their vaccination certificates. Photo: DPR/MP

Bhopal, June 14 (MNN) Tribals-dominated Jamui has become the first gram panchayat in the central Indian state of Madhya Padesh to achieve 100 per cent vaccination with first dose for its residents who are aged 18 and above.

Jamui, where Baiga and Gond tribals dominate, is located on the Budhar Road, about 8 km from the Shahdol district headquarters. It has a population of 3,180, of which 1,855 persons are over 18.

Initially, district authorities held many vaccination sessions in Jamui but villagers remained hesitant.

Thereafter, Sarpanch Bhaiya Lal Baiga and his deputy Meenu Singh along with social workers took the matter into their own hands to motivate the villagers and allay their confusion and fear about the inoculation against coronavirus.

They went from door to door to tell the villagers about the benefits of vaccination, and persuaded every eligible person to get the vaccine.

Collector Dr Satendra Singh was of the view that confidence should be instilled in the villagers by respecting their sentiments.

Covid-19 vaccination sessions were organised continuously from June 6 to 12 at the sub health centre at Jamui to ensure all beneficiaries got the vaccine dose.

On the very first day, 297 villagers above the age of 18 got vaccinated. So far, nearly 1,900 villagers have been given at least one dose of Covid vaccine, including nine ‘divyangjans’.

Recently, six villagers suffering from serious diseases were also counselled to get themselves vaccinated as they were initially reluctant.

Pregnant women and some other villagers who were corona positive were yet to be vaccinated as per government protocol, but officials said that they too had expressed their willingness to get inoculated.

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