Kerala Govt makes vaccination certificate mandatory for school admission


Kerala Government comes with a new medical policy which on Tuesday Govt approved a draft Medical Policy which necessitates all students seeking to get admission must produce a vaccination card, said state Health Minister K.K. Shailaja. Vaccination certificate has been made mandatory for school admission after many anti-vaccination campaigns led to violence and protest in the state. The new health policy also noted that action will be taken against people who hold campaigns against immunization programmes in the state.

Sharing the news with the media, she said that the new policy would revitalize the health sector.

Health Minister Shailaja said that among the other major highlights in the draft policy includes an autonomy for the state-run medical colleges, primary health centres in the state to function till 6 p.m, separate clinics for transgenders, and a training programme for the common public who will be trained in trauma care so as to act quickly when an accident occurs.

According to the basic health protocol presently in the state, vaccination for babies, starting from two months, includes against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella, and polio.

The draft policy aims to reduce the maternal mortality rate from 66 per lakh to 30 per lakh in the short term, and infant mortality from 12 per lakh to eight. It aims to reduce neonatal mortality from seven per lakh to five. The draft envisages a new Kerala Public Health Act to cover all issues in the health sector.

(With inputs from IANS)

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