The State Education Commissioner, Vishal Solanki has written a letter to all the concern officers of the education department in the state.
The letter states:
- Repeat sessions should be conducted in those schools where vaccination has not happened or the percentage of vaccination is very less
- The officers should aim at 100 per cent vaccination will happen in their area
- If the principal is not cooperating then necessary administrative action should be initiated
The state education department has slapped a notice on the principals of those schools which have not participated in the measles-rubella vaccination campaign.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra Vishal Solanki, Education Commissioner of Maharashtra said, “Our target was to reach each and every child in the state, and complete 100 per cent vaccination. But a few schools have not cooperated with us, owing to which we have not been able to achieve the target.”
Solanki added, “We have sent a notice to all the schools that have not participated in the measles-rubella vaccination drive. We hope that the principals will cooperate and we will succeed our target. Till, now we have not decided to take any action against the principals.”
With an aim to vaccinate over three crore children between the ages of 0 to 15, the Maharashtra government had started measles and rubella vaccination drive in the state. The target set by the state was three crore children. So far, around 2.5 crore children have been vaccinated. But, 70 schools have not participated in the vaccination programme.
In retaliation, the School Principal Association of Maharashtra has objected to the decision, which states that action might be taken against the schools which have not complied with the measles-rubella vaccination programme.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Prashant Redij, Secretary, Mumbai School Principals Association, said, “Within a month’s time from launching the vaccination programme, we have reached almost 80 per cent of the children. If the parents are opposed to the vaccination programme, then the principal or the teachers can’t force the parents. If the government initiates any action against the teachers, we will also take a legal course to fight against it.”
Redij added, “If the kids are ill, then the government says don’t vaccinate those children. But on the other hand, we are pressurised to complete the target. We will fight it out if the government takes any cohesive action.”
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