Chennai: Hesitancy and worry about Covid-19 vaccination nonetheless prevalent amongst pregnant ladies in Tamil Nadu, revealed a statistics supplied by the state public well being division which confirmed that the variety of vaccines administered on pregnant ladies continues to be low. In a launch on Saturday, the general public well being division stated that as of August 16, out of seven,08,342 pregnant ladies within the state, solely 2,58,994 had been administered vaccines. The info reveals that roughly solely 37 p.c of pregnant ladies are vaccinated within the state.
The medical doctors additionally revealed that the diminished variety of vaccinations amongst pregnant ladies is because of hesitancy among the many new moms and their households. Dr Rajani Varrier, a gynecologist in Madurai instructed IANS: “The pregnant mothers are at high risk to get infected as they frequent hospitals for check-ups. In most cases, families are using delaying tactics from the antenatal mothers taking the jab as there is a fear that this would affect the overall health of the mother as well as pose a threat to the fetus. However, this notion is totally wrong.”
“The understanding is a misconception and even after sustained and systematic campaigns conducted by the government, the awareness seems to be low and more awareness programmes are the only way to overcome this obstacle which I am sure the state health department would do in the days to come,” the senior physician added.
Dr MS Hemalatha, extra well being officer of Chennai Metropolis Company additionally stated that the medical doctors and paramedics of the Company have been motivating the anticipating moms to manage the jab at any time when they present up on the neighborhood well being centres or city well being centres.
“We call upon all our staff including nurses to make these pregnant women aware of the need to vaccinate them and in most cases they return back stating that they would consult the family and come back,” she stated.
Nevertheless, Chennai Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology (IOG) responded positively. Whilst the typical variety of vaccines is much less in Chennai in comparison with the state common, the IOG knowledge revealed that every one the pregnant ladies who approached the hospital had been vaccinated.
Dr S Vijaya, Director, IOG stated that the hospital carried out correct counselling amongst anticipating moms and this led to a 100% inoculation. She stated that after the jab, the hospital had adopted up with every pregnant lady and located that they didn’t have any well being points.
Tamil Nadu Well being Minister Ma Subramanian was, nevertheless, optimistic that the amount of pregnant ladies getting inoculated would enhance within the days to return. Talking to IANS, the Well being Minister stated: “We have conducted proper awareness and will conduct more awareness programmes among the families on the positive aspects of vaccination among pregnant women. I am certain that the figures would improve in the days to come and people are largely cooperating on the vaccination drive of the government.”
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