Raebareli: It was more than rare if not historic. Amid vociferous debate over 'Azaan', a local mosque, in an exemplary way, made an announcement on the loudspeaker to emphasize the importance of immunisation for all children below two years of age.
Erasing all misgivings about the religion being opposed to polio and other drops for the kids,the Mutawalli of a mosque of the town, adjacent to state capital, set an example by heralding a new era of social awareness demolishing the shackles of religious undertones.
It is few years ago when the efficacy of 'Pulse Polio' programme had come under challenge in some parts of Western Uttar Pradesh when some relgious fanatics objected over administrating polio drops to the kids. That was the time when noted film star Aamir Khan was roped in for the advertising the 'pulse polio' programme.
Those days are gone as some local government doctors, more often criticised for their attitude, took the lead in making Mission Indradhansh' , the flagship programme of the government, a success.
The head of immunization team of Raebareli Dr Jaya Dehlvi Srivastava was instrumental in convincing the slum-dwellers and other less aware populace about the immunization programme. '' I am extremely thankful to mosque people to understand the point and agreeing to public announcement for the benefit of health of the children,'' she told newstrack.com
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