- Sushila Singh
- PRESS24 NEWS correspondent
Nisha, a resident of Sundernagar, Delhi, works in the parlor. Due to the lockdown, the husband’s job kept going and she is somehow working in the parlor and running the house.
Nisha took the help of an identified woman to get the corona vaccine. She works in an NGO. A slot was also found in the hospital for the vaccine, but in those days there was a marriage at home.
Nisha says, “The work of the parlor was also necessary because the house has to be run and due to the lockdown, women rarely come to the parlor, in such a situation, the owner of the parlor would also get angry if they did not work. And then there was marriage in the house. I was scared because I had heard that getting vaccinated causes weakness, pain and also fever.
“It was also necessary to get the vaccine, but if I fell ill, I could not work in the parlor or do the wedding work at home. Even the family members would taunt that when there was a marriage at home, what was the need to get the vaccine. That’s why I got vaccinated. Though my husband has got the vaccine done.”
But Kamlesh gives another reason for not getting the vaccine.
Kamlesh, who comes from Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, works as a cook in homes. When I asked him whether he got the vaccine? So his answer was – don’t get it. I asked why – so said vaccine kills.
There was a different kind of confusion in his mind about the vaccine. However, hearing this was nothing new for me. But I wondered why the woman who works in the house of educated families and cooks, why is their thinking like this.
According to Kamlesh, a couple of husband and wife went to get the vaccine in their village and both died on the way. Now the people of his village are scared. Nobody even wants to mention the vaccine.
When I told him that it is not so, all these rumours, he said that when the family members are refusing, then how should I get it installed.
difference between male and female
There seems to be all kinds of apprehensions and misconceptions about the vaccine. But it is not that people are not getting the vaccine.
According to the latest data released on the website of the government’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 23,27,86,482 people have got the vaccine. But if we break the figures, then women are seen behind in this campaign compared to men.
According to the data released on the government website www.cowin.gov.in till June 6, where 9,92,92,063 men have taken this vaccine, while the number of women is 8,51,85,763. That is, the gap between women and men is about one crore.
But why is it so?
Dr. Ashok Sharma, Senior Medical Officer at Public Health Center Badgaon in Udaipur district of Rajasthan gives several reasons for this. They say that the dependence of women on men is too much. Who will bring the woman to the vaccine center? Only his family member can bring him here. In such a situation, she will come alone to get the vaccine, it is impossible.
Dr. Ashok Sharma says, “At the same time, when doctors say that fever can come for two-three days, in such a situation, women feel that if she gets fever, who will cook food in the house, who will look after the animals. Who’s going to graze?”
“The facility of Kovid test is being provided by the government. At the same time, women are not coming forward because they would think that if she comes positive then everything will go away.”
“In such a situation, it is a distant thing for them to get the vaccine. The man also thinks that if his wife gets a fever, then who will look after the household chores? Although the men of the house are explained that Kovid-19 has happened, then so much Who will take care of the house for days and the situation can get worse in 14 days.
“And if there is fever after the vaccine, then taking medicine can work. Also, women health workers like ASHA workers, also cite the example of ANM (Auxiliary Nurse Midwife) to see that all of them have been installed and how comfortably they are working. .”
They raise the question whether the government has taken any steps to encourage the villagers towards the vaccine?
“Although we are saying that women of the house should be brought for vaccination, while ANMs are also working in this area, but only a quarter of women have come forward for vaccination in this area as compared to men.”
But in cities the situation is different. He says, “Women from cities have come to my center to get the vaccine, but women are not coming out in the village yet.”
women’s dependence on men
Dr Shakeel, the director of Charm, an organization associated with the public health campaign in Bihar and working for the health of women and children, counts many reasons for not getting the vaccine for women, the main reason being his hesitation about the vaccine.
He says that just as we used to see rumors spread about polio that men would not be able to become fathers from it, similarly with this vaccine too, there is a doubt among the people.
Doctor Shakeel says, “There is a fear among women that they may become infertile by getting the vaccine. Women who want to get pregnant are confused whether to get the vaccine or not. Those who have become pregnant after taking the first dose, they are worried whether the second dose should be given or not.
“At the same time, when it comes to the right to take decisions in the family, then women do not have it, and if it is about health, then that right is missing. In such a situation, if they go to take the vaccine themselves, it is a distant thing. Even if she wants to go, she also depends on men to reach the vaccine center.
He says, “Somewhere there is also a fear that death may not happen. The government should make ASHA workers and ANMs aware of the questions arising among women so that they can answer the questions of women and their To clear the misconceptions that are spreading in the middle.
In Bihar, the government has also started the services of mobile vans for registration and immediate vaccination of corona vaccine, but there were also reports that these vans were driven away in the village.
Although Dr Shakeel hopes that in the last one-and-a-half-two months, workers have returned from cities to rural areas, it may increase the understanding of the vaccine among people.
Dr Suresh K Rathi, assistant professor at the Public Health Foundation of India, says that this gender gap is visible not only in vaccination, but in every program of society.
“There is a rumor about the vaccine causing infertility among people, women are also less in proportion to the population, there is also a fear among the people about the side effects of the vaccine.”
“Then during the second wave of Kovid it is difficult to get out of the houses because of the fear of going there because of the crowd in the vaccination centers. Wherein, when the man goes out in connection with work, he took the vaccine. But by the way, the woman is out in the same number. Couldn’t get out.”
“But how many registrations have been done and the number of women and men in it, it is also necessary to see it because the government has asked everyone to get the vaccine. Then the assessment should be done, what other reasons have been there other than this.”
“It should also be seen from another point of view because we cannot compare one state with another state. Because everyone has their own conditions. Now where the migration workers are going to work, those people got the vaccine while their The families are in the village, so these figures should be seen from this angle as well.”
Doctors in Kashmir resort to social media
Dr Nisar ul Hasan, president of the Doctors Association (Kashmir) in Jammu and Kashmir, says that initially there was a lot of hesitation and doubts among the people regarding the vaccination. Here 12,07,888 women have been vaccinated. The difference between women and men is 4,93845.
Dr Nisar-ul-Hasan said, “There was wrong information in men and women that the vaccine can be infertile. If this vaccine is prepared early, it is not known how effective it will be. It can have side effects. Mothers who breastfeed, They were also scared but gradually we cleared all the doubts of the people. Now women in villages and cities are also getting the vaccine.”
“We asked all health workers to post photos on social media of getting the vaccine. These included both men and women. They told people that look we are fine and don’t fall for rumours.”
“At the same time, the government also ran a door to door campaign and gave vaccination to the people. So the apathy about the vaccine in the beginning has reduced a lot now.”
At the same time, Chhattisgarh and Kerala are the two states where women have left men behind to get the vaccine. But in India’s largest state Uttar Pradesh, there is a gap of about 24 lakhs between women and men.
State Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has given instructions to set up 75 pink booths which are working since Monday. Here, only women will be vaccinated and only women staff will be deployed.
People are registering for the vaccine in cities and women are also coming forward. In many states, the difference between women and men is also less visible, but still in many villages there is apathy about the vaccine, as well as people are affected by fear and rumours.
And this includes family members like Kamlesh, from whose mind it should also be the priority of the government to remove this fear so that the government can reach the 100% target of vaccination.
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