April 1, 2021 11:39:13 pm
In order to overcome vaccine hesitancy, there should be an emphasis on education and a social media campaign that is scientific and attractive, according to representatives of social organisations. Disinformation and confusion being created on social media should be countered with a special cell, they said.
Dr Abhay Shukla, Dr Dnyaneshwar Mote, Dr Sanjay Dabhade, Purnima Chikarmane, Kiran Moghe, Dr Anant Phadke and others have released a statement that has also pulled up the administration for lack of adequate planning to tackle the second wave of Covid-19.
“Irresponsible behaviour by people is being put forth as a reason for a second lockdown from certain government quarters. The shortage of hospital beds is an urgent issue, but the point is that the shortage has arisen after a year when the possibility of a second wave was known, and shows lack of adequate planning,” the statement read.
“While a lockdown may dampen the spread of the virus and help temporarily to overcome the crisis, given the socio-economic condition in our country, the economic consequences of a second lockdown are more likely to lead to hunger and morbidity due to lack of adequate attention to non-Covid illnesses,” the statement added.
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