Interface meet with Block Medical Officer Sanarpatty Block
The interface meet with the block medical officer was held on Saturday in which the staffs of SSSSS with the Community Resource Center Facilitators, Block level Steering Committee members, Community Supportive Group members, JLG members and young mothers from all the 30 working villages of 5S participated. The poor service of VHN in few villages were discussed and the BMO was very positive in solving the issue that she would ask the VHN to distribute the iron folic tablets and the napkin packages through our CRC facilitators since they have very limited staffs and their timings.
The participants asked about the MMR –Measles Mumps Rubella vaccination, as the community has fear as well as negative opinion on the government. Ms. Malarvizhi-BMO asked to raise their doubts on MMR. Mrs. Pothumani from Kallupatty asked on the purpose of the government to vaccinate the children up to 18 years, Mrs. Punitha of Pugayilaipatty asked the reason for the children having giddiness and vomiting after vaccination, Mrs. Shanthi of Velampatty asked to explain the intension of government in doing the vaccination as a pilot in Tamil Nadu, Mrs. Yogapriya of Pannapatty asked on the poor service of VHN of the area, Mrs. Malathi of Veeracinnampatty asked to share on the vaccination status of the block, Mrs. Dhivya of 5S asked on the assurance of PHC for community to come forward to vaccinate the children, Ms. Suganya of Manjanayakkanpatty asked the causes of not vaccinating the children, Mrs. Ishwarya of Sanarpatty asked whether vaccinating the sick or a ongoing medication of a child for other illness like primary complex or tuberculosis.
The BMO started explaining that MMR vaccine is a licensed vaccine to prevent measles that first became available in 1963, and an improved one in 1968. Vaccines for mumps and rubella became available in 1967 and 1969, respectively. The three vaccines (for mumps, measles, and rubella) were combined in 1971 to become the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.
The MMR vaccine is generally administered to children around the age of one year, with a second dose before starting school (i.e. age 4/5). The second dose is a dose to produce immunity in the small number of persons (2–5%) who fail to develop measles immunity after the first dose. It is widely used around the world; since introduction of its earliest versions in the 1970s, over 500 million doses have been used in over 60 countries. She did explain that it is same like Thattammai vaccine that we all had when we were children.
The children are very most important and they need to be ensured of good health as they are the next generation who may not bring forth the disable children or the generation with defects therefore there is a need for vaccinating the children. The people are threatened by the rumor messages by whatsApp that are alarming the community. She stressed that the community should come out of fear that the government is spending lot of money on this therefore there is no purpose for doing it on the negative aspect. This vaccination process has been initiated in 4 states among which Tamil Nadu is also one so the rumors just simply create false rumors to confuse people. There are about 3000 children are being vaccinated in Sanarpatty block and I never find any children having come across issues during which I myself was present throughout the vaccination.
She insisted the participants to explain the community that one bottle of medicine is vaccinated for about 9 children and if the medicine is on fault it should affect all the 9 children whereas one child found to have some problem therefore it is not due to the medicine on which the community need not worry or afraid. She did educate the community on this and under this block for any inconvenience or on lace of access to medication she could be always approached. She did share that convincing the community is not an easy task that except beating I have heard such yell from the community. She was glad to have this interface meet with the participants from 30 village also working with the children which will be more supportive for the rest of the vaccination process in left over villages. Mrs. Dhivya thanked BMO for the valuable time spent by Ms. Malarvizhi despite of her tight schedule.