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Maharashtra Attacks Hakims to Overcome Tribes’ Vaccination | India News

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NAGPUR: Collectors in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli and Nagpur districts are taking innovative measures to counter vaccine vacillation among the tribal population, who have been misled by social media posts claiming deaths and impotence due to Covid vaccination -19.
Gadchiroli gatherer Dipak Singla and his Nagpur counterpart Ravindra Thakare are asking local village ‘doctors’ like hakims or bhoomkals and pujaris or priests to first take the jab themselves and then encourage the villagers to do the same. District administrations are also reaching out to village representatives to promote the vaccination campaign.
District administrations have also launched awareness campaigns in local languages, including tribal languages ​​such as Gondi and Madia, which are spoken in the Maoist-affected Gadchiroli in eastern Vidarbha. Healthcare teams are also visiting remote locations to vaccinate villagers in the Maoist hotbed of Abhujamadh, along the border between Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.
Singla said a 21-point awareness campaign has been started to target villages where there is least resistance first. The campaign will then move to villages that completely refuse vaccination. “We are tying in the local doctors, who provide the first line of treatment to the villagers. Once these local doctors are vaccinated, they can motivate the villagers, ”said Singla.
He said that help from opinion formers like tribal activist Devaji Tofa and other well-known personalities will also be taken to push for vaccination.
Gadchiroli district health officer Dr. Shashikant Shambarkar said his team first vaccinated the pujari in a small village in Chamorshi taluka and another in Dhanora. The villagers followed them.
Thakare, who believes that the anticipated third wave may affect villagers more than the urban population, wants to intensify the vaccination campaign in rural areas, especially in the tribal belt of Nagpur district. “We want to capitalize on the trust that local people have in the Hakims and others who use herbs for treatment,” he said.



Times of India

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