Polio vaccine scare: BMC’s special drive to find unvaccinated children

On Sunday, October 7, polio vaccinating drive was carried out all over the country. But, due to the uncertainty, tension and the scare of the contaminated polio vaccine, parents were reluctant to give the polio vaccine to the child. Now, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has launched a special drive to find out those kids who have not been vaccinated

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  • The contaminated polio vaccine issue has sparked a sudden panic among the parents all over the country 
  • Though the government had categorically stated, the polio vaccine has no threat. A number of parents have opted out from vaccinating their child 
  • Now, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has launched a special drive to find out those kids who have not been vaccinated

On Sunday, October 7, polio vaccinating drive was carried out in the country. But, due to the uncertainty, tension and the threat of contaminated polio vaccine parents were reluctant to give the polio vaccine to the child.

Taking this into consideration, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has now launched a campaign to find out those kids who were left out during the vaccination drive.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Padmaja Keskar,  BMC’s executive health officer said. “The state government had categorically stated that the polio vaccine is safe for the children in Maharashtra. But, out of fear, a number of parents have not administered polio vaccine to their kids. Those kids who have not got polio dose, there is a threat to their health. So, we have started a special campaign.”

Dr Keskar further added, “Asha and Aaganwadi workers are going door-to-door to find out if any child has been left out in the campaign. We are counseling the parents and giving polio dose to the child. My humble appeal is, parents should not get scared and come forward for the vaccination.”

A type-2 poliovirus was found in the polio vaccine, supplied by the Gaziyabad based company. State health minister Deepak Sawant had also assured that the polio vaccine in the state is safe.