SRINAGAR: More Kashmiris are bringing their children for immunisation these days, even in the conditions of curfew and shutdown. The Child Health Centre of SKIMS hospital here has witnessed a surge of 40 percent in its immunisation numbers. Officials at the centre said that despite the situation of unrest, people were bringing their newborns and toddlers on the scheduled immunisation dates.
Officials said that the reason for this surge could be the non-functioning of primary health centers and private clinics these days.
Syed Muhammad Yousuf, who looks after the Child Health Centre, said that on normal days the centre receives 90 to 100 children for immunisation every day. This figure has jumped by 40 percent in the past two months.
“The hospital only needs to see the immunisation card of the child to know what kind of immunisation has been given to him,” Yousuf said.
Another reason for the rush, according to officials, is the increased number of deliveries in the months of July and August in the nearby maternity hospital run by SKIMS.
Yousuf said that the centre has sufficient stock of vaccines. He said that seven vaccines for preventable diseases are administered from birth till the age of five to children, according to a schedule that is given to parents.