Health Ministry Urges Community Radio Stations To Bust Myths Surrounding Covid Vaccination



Health Ministry Urges Community Radio Stations To Bust Myths Surrounding Covid VaccinationHealth Ministry Urges Community Radio Stations To Bust Myths Surrounding Covid VaccinationCommunity radio stations asked to bust myths around Covid vaccines and vaccination

Highlights
  • MoHFW has urged radio to highlight community-led positive initiatives
  • Remind people about the need to follow Covid: MoHFW to radio stations
  • Motivate people to form a public movement for vaccinations: Centre to radio

New Delhi: The Union health ministry hosted a communication awareness workshop for representatives of community radio stations from 16 states for creating campaigns about Covid-appropriate behaviour and busting myths surrounding vaccination particularly among people residing in remote areas of the country. The workshop was conducted by the ministry in partnership with UNICEF, an official statement said. The thematic session highlighted the need to create meaningful awareness campaigns about Covid-appropriate behaviour and bust myths surrounding Covid vaccines and vaccination particularly among communities residing in remote and difficult to reach areas in the country.

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In his opening remarks, Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal acknowledged the contribution of community radio stations in supporting the world’s largest vaccination drive, the statement said. He noted that the radio stations’ sustained efforts by airing informative programmes on Covid vaccination for their discerning listeners is reflected in the increased community participation in the ongoing vaccination drive for adults, it added.

The programmes in regional languages aimed at educating communities about the importance of Covid-appropriate behaviour, addressing myths and misinformation linked to vaccines and creating awareness on vaccination progress is resulting in uptake of vaccination among many tribal districts, it said.

The radio stations were urged to highlight community-led positive initiatives and role models to strengthen vaccine trust among communities that they cater to. The issue of mental health linked to COVID-19 was also focused upon, the statement said. The collective responsibility to address mental health issues among communities through informative programming by engaging with subject experts from the state and national level was stressed on, it said.

The radio stations were asked to continuously remind listeners about the need to strictly follow Covid-appropriate behaviour as the second wave is still not over: the virus can strike back as soon the society ignores health advisories and lowers its guard against Covid safety protocol, it said. The representatives were encouraged to produce innovative programmes and create a ‘Jan Andolan’ (public movement) by featuring and acknowledging community role models. The participants shared how they allayed apprehensions and concerns of their audiences about Covid vaccines and motivated them to get the jab.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

19,41,47,905Cases

6,22,92,487Active

12,76,96,429Recovered

41,58,989Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,41,47,905 and 41,58,989 have died; 6,22,92,487 are active cases and 12,76,96,429 have recovered as on July 26, 2021 at 3:51 am.

India

3,13,71,901 39,742Cases

4,08,212765Active

3,05,43,138 39,972Recovered

4,20,551 535Deaths

In India, there are 3,13,71,901 confirmed cases including 4,20,551 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,08,212 and 3,05,43,138 have recovered as on July 25, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

62,58,079 6,269

96,833 1,287

60,29,817 7,332

1,31,429 224

Kerala

32,54,064 18,531

1,38,626 2,926

30,99,469 15,507

15,969 98

Karnataka

28,93,556 1,857

23,928 222

28,33,276 2,050

36,352 29

Tamil Nadu

25,46,689 1,819

24,025 791

24,88,775 2,583

33,889 27

Andhra Pradesh

19,52,513 2,174

22,358 581

19,16,914 2,737

13,241 18

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,152 38

932 62

16,84,471 99

22,749 1

West Bengal

15,22,833 730

11,891 198

14,92,878 920

18,064 8

Delhi

14,35,844 66

587 14

14,10,216 52

25,041

Chhattisgarh

10,01,037 156

2,789 257

9,84,737 410

13,511 3

Odisha

9,65,715 1,864

17,201 69

9,43,069 1,865

5,445 68

Rajasthan

9,53,522 27

328 1

9,44,242 26

8,952

Gujarat

8,24,683 39

342 3

8,14,265 42

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,738 6

149 23

7,81,077 29

10,512

Haryana

7,69,717 13

740 23

7,59,360 35

9,617 1

Bihar

7,24,390 75

530 52

7,14,223 125

9,637 2

Telangana

6,40,659 647

9,625 104

6,27,254 749

3,780 2

Punjab

5,98,741 83

771 3

5,81,712 78

16,258 2

Assam

5,57,437 1,595

15,726 216

5,36,597 1,788

5,114 23

Jharkhand

3,46,918 33

276 23

3,41,518 54

5,124 2

Uttarakhand

3,41,673 33

611 5

3,33,703 28

7,359

Jammu And Kashmir

3,20,491 88

1,319 90

3,14,798 178

4,374

Himachal Pradesh

2,05,017 130

931 38

2,00,573 90

3,513 2

Goa

1,70,416 144

1,238 69

1,66,052 213

3,126

Puducherry

1,20,227 126

922 4

1,17,518 121

1,787 1

Manipur

91,460 1,198

10,251 312

79,744 872

1,465 14

Tripura

76,315 408

3,934 69

71,642 476

739 1

Chandigarh

61,922 5

32 1

61,081 6

809

Meghalaya

60,597 693

4,708 169

54,875 519

1,014 5

Arunachal Pradesh

45,703 515

4,465 108

41,025 406

213 1

Mizoram

31,145

7,772 335

23,238 334

135 1

Nagaland

27,240 124

1,312 61

25,390 62

538 1

Sikkim

24,823 225

2,849 53

21,644 171

330 1

Ladakh

20,296 7

68 1

20,021 6

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,637 7

48 7

10,585

4

Lakshadweep

10,127 17

81 11

9,997 6

49

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,525

14 3

7,382 3

129