Tuesday, July 6, 2010

20 L pregnant women may get H1N1 vaccine

MUMBAI: Taking a cue from the Kerala government, the state public health department is considering administering an anti-swine flu vaccine to over 20 lakh pregnant women.

We have carefully studied the Kerala model on the swine flu vaccine. A comprehensive proposal has been submitted to the government, it will cost the state exchequer Rs 80 crore if it is administered free of cost, a senior public health official told TOI on Tuesday.

Ever since the swine flu vaccine was made available, Kerala became the first state to administer it free of cost to pregnant women. In Maharashtra, a comprehensive three-tier plan was drafted for administration of the swine flu vaccine to doctors, paramedical staff and all employees in government hospitals. It was unfortunate that barring a few doctors and paramedical staff, most have refused it. We have decided to return the remaining quota of the vaccine to the Centre, he said.

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