Kharela and Nota villages in Jhansi district of Uttar Pradesh have managed to cover their entire population with the first dose of the COVID vaccine.
Kharela and Nota villages in Jhansi district of Uttar Pradesh have managed to cover their entire population with the first dose of the COVID vaccine, thus making these two villages as the model villages of the state.
Kharela village in Moth block has a population of around 568, of which some 310 were eligible to be vaccinated and all have been administered the first dose. Similarly, Nota, falling under Bangra block of the Jhansi district, has vaccinated all its 2,447 eighteen plus inhabitants with the first jab.
These villages were initially facing vaccine hesitancy, but with the sustained efforts of the state government and the awareness campaigns by the surveillance committees, eligible population of both the villages have been covered with the first dose.
“We do congratulate the entire village, surveillance team, Health Department, ASHA, ANM, Panchayat Raj Department, Revenue Department, SHGs, Local FPOs for this achievement,” Andre Vamsi, district magistrate of Jhansi was quotes in an official press statement issued today. The cluster model approach adopted by the administration worked well in these villages along with the community participation. The administration ensured there was zero wastage of the vaccine, informed the statement.
“We faced a lot of resistance initially from villages due to lack of awareness. Then we asked the surveillance committees to run awareness campaigns in the village. The members of surveillance committees went from door-to-door and told about the benefits of vaccines and encouraged them to get vaccinated,” said Vamsi.
Out of the total 310 beneficiaries in Kharela village, around 205 have been vaccinated in the 18-44 category and nearly 105 got their dose in the 45-plus age group. This includes 147 females and 163 males who have received their first dose of vaccination.
“In view of the threat of the third COVID wave, this was an important step taken by the villagers for their safety and they should be complimented for awareness,” the newly-elected first woman village head Sangeeta Yadav was quoted in the press statement.