‘Household Refused Polio Vaccine; I Misplaced Capability To Stroll at 10 Months’


Rajasthan’s Dr Shravan Chaudhary misplaced his capacity to stroll due to polio. Regardless of hardships, nothing might cease him from turning into a health care provider and serving to change attitudes towards polio vaccination in rural India.

When former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated on 31 October 1984, the information sparked riots throughout India quickly after. The evening took a toll on the lives of many harmless households, together with that of a 10-month-old child, Shravan Chaudhary.

Confined in his village dwelling in Rajasthan, he had a fever so excessive that it couldn’t be measured on any instrument. And because of the nationwide strike, his household couldn’t take him to the closest hospital which was 20 km away.

“That evening, I misplaced motion in one in all my decrease limbs. My mom was scared; she had heard that many kids within the neighbourhood had been affected by polio. And her fears got here true. By the second evening, each my limbs stopped working,” he says.

At a younger age, Shravan misplaced his capacity to stroll.

Over time, his mother and father took him to quite a few hospitals and tried every thing however the injury was irreversible. It was these hospital visits that motivated Shravan to pursue drugs and lift consciousness of polio illness.

Nonetheless, chasing this dream wasn’t straightforward.

“I used to be disqualified from showing for the Pre-Medical Check (PMT) because of the 80 p.c incapacity in my decrease limbs. I needed to transfer the Rajasthan Excessive Courtroom. By means of their intervention, I enrolled for MBBS. After 5 years of devotion and laborious work, I turned a health care provider!” says the 45-year-old.

Thereafter, he labored as a medical officer in rural Rajasthan and labored to lift consciousness about polio. “I’d inform my story to oldsters who’re nonetheless afraid of vaccines, even many years after the launch of the marketing campaign. We’ve a protracted technique to go to struggle this concern, and I’m going to do my finest,” he says.

Edited by Padmashree Pande.


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