Govt served legal notice to vaccinate expecting mothers on priority basis
A rights organisation today served a legal notice on the government, requesting it to take necessary steps in 24-hours to provide Covid-19 vaccine to expecting mothers on a priority basis in order to protect their health.
Law and Life Foundation sent the notice via email to health secretary and principal secretary at prime minister's office, cabinet secretary, directorate general of directorate general of health services (DGHS) and director of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) to take necessary measures to this effect.
In the legal notice, the rights body said if the notice receivers don't take steps in 24-hours to provide Covid-19 vaccine to pregnant women on a priority basis, a writ petition will be moved before the High Court seeking necessary directives on them to do so.
Citing a health ministry information, the organisation said in the notice that around 35 lakh women of the country become pregnant each year and this time thousands of expecting mothers and children are dying due to Covid-19 infection.
The deaths of expecting mothers and their children can be reduced if they are vaccinated on priority basis, the Law and Life Foundation said in the notice.