TNN | Feb 4, 2012, 06.30AM IST
Cases would be registered against those who are found to be behind the anti-vaccination campaign, under the different sections of Kerala Police Act 2010. “We have already discussed the issue with police officials”, said the collector.
The collector has requested the public to inform the police or the nearest health center, if they have any information regarding anti-vaccination groups or about their campaign.
The health department has already formed a rapid response team, to deal with the anti-vaccination campaigns in the district. Anti-vaccination campaigns across the district by different organizations, clubs, and local groups, had severely affected the polio vaccination programme conducted by health department last year.
Notices and pamphlets with messages against the immunization programme were distributed in rural areas. District medical officer (DMO) in charge, Dr Sakeena, said that the anti-vaccination campaign was the major reason for the decreasing number of children who get inoculated at immunization programmes during last few years.
Only 91.21% of children received the vaccine last time and the performance of district was very poor, when compared to other districts, she added.