Mumbai: Lack of motivation and fear of
side-effects among doctors and paramedical workers in
Maharashtra is proving to be a roadblock in their immunisation
against swine flu, state Health officials said today.
Despite nearly 700 cases of swine flu having been
reported from the state since April this year, the doctors and
the paramedical staff who are at high-risk of contracting the
disease are reluctant to get immunised, they claimed.
"Since the doctors and paramedical staff are at a high
risk of contracting and spreading infection, vaccinating
public health workers against swine flu was an important step
taken by the Ministry of Health to control the spread of the
virus," Dr Pradeep Awate, Deputy director of Health
directorate also in-charge of swine flu cases in Maharashtra,
told PTI here.
There are nearly 5,000 government doctors and 22,000
para-medical staff working in Maharashtra.
"So far in Maharashtra, we could immunise only 2,055
doctors and paramedical staff out of the total 34,300 doses
provided to the state by the Central government, Assistant
director Health directorate and in-charge of immunisation in
the state V M Kulkarni said.
"Due to lack of motivation and fear of side effects, the
health authorities in Maharashtra who have geared up their
swine flu prevention campaign were affected in their
immunisation work with many public health workers refusing to
take the swine flu vaccine," Kulkarni said.