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AP demands free of cost flu vaccination for BPL families
9/27/2020 12:03:38 AM
Early Times Report

Srinagar, Sept 26 Demanding free of cost flu vaccination for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in Jammu and Kashmir, Apni Party (AP) on Saturday said the ad advanced measures needed to prevent surge in COVID-19 during winters.
However, the Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has demanded free of cost vaccination for all residents of J&K.
Apni Party spokesman Javid Baig on Saturday urged the J&K government to go for free-of-cost flu vaccination for vulnerable members of BPL families across Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement issued here, Baig observed that with the onset of winter there is a usual spike in flu and influenza cases especially in Kashmir valley. He said in view of the prevailing COVID pandemic,the government must take some concrete measures in advance in order to stem the spread of this deadly disease especially during winters.
“The economically underprivileged and BPL families in the valley would not be in a position to bear the costs of vaccinations against flu and other related diseases that emerge in winter in Kashmir. So the government should go for free vaccination of such families and vulnerable sections in order to prevent the spread of diseases,” he said.
Baig urged the Lt Governor led administration to pay heed to various reports by experts highlighting the risks posed by unvaccinated individuals who can further spread the virus in this pesky situation.
“Before the onset of flu season that starts in October the government must ensure availability of free of cost flu vaccines at all government-run healthcare institutions across J&K especially the Valley where the prevalence of this communicable disease remains more,” Apni party spokesman added.
He said the government must take all measures including the free flu vaccination among poor families in order to reduce the risk of spike in severe COVID-19 infections within the community.
“The old, ailing and the children are more prone to the flu and other related communicable diseases in Kashmir especially during winter season. So the government must take immediate steps to prevent the flow of patients to hospitals by preemptive vaccinations,” Baig added.
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