Raipur. A village in the Bastar zone has become an inspiration in the war against Covid-19. Renganar village of Dantewada district has become the first village where every citizen has got vaccinated against Covid-19. About 310 people above 18 years old live in tribal-dominated Renganar, located on Nakulnar Road, about 20 km from the district headquarters. All the 294 people eligible for vaccination have gotten the vaccine. Local health workers and awareness teams played an important role in sensitizing the residents above 45 years and the youth about the vaccine. They convinced the villagers, with constant efforts, that the vaccine is the most effective way to avoid Covid-19.
Renganar is an example for the entire state. Unlike in urban areas, achieving 100% vaccination was not an easy task due to the limited availability of smartphones and the internet. But, with villagers' enthusiasm towards vaccination and the continuous efforts of health workers and the awareness team, Renganar achieved this goal. Several sessions were organized by the Dantewada district administration in Kuakonda for the villagers at the beginning of vaccination. But due to misconceptions and lack of awareness, fewer people were getting vaccinated. Then the Sarpanch of Renganar, Sanmati Telami and the local Covid-19 awareness team made people aware and prepared for vaccination. Understanding the state of mind of the villagers, he knocked door-to-door and persuaded people to get vaccinated by telling them the benefits of vaccination.
Santram, a member of the awareness team of Renganar Panchayat, says that initially, there was hesitation among the people regarding the vaccine. After counselling, the people agreed to get vaccinated. The efforts paid off, and on the first day, 125 youths of Renganar, above 18 years of age, got vaccinated. Out of 310 adult population in the village, all 294 persons eligible for vaccination have received the first vaccine against Covid-19. Divyangjan also participated enthusiastically in this campaign. When the district level team that arrived in Renganar for inspection and verification of vaccination found that some persons suffering from diseases were hesitant to get the vaccine, they immediately met and advised them and got them vaccinated.
A Covid awareness team has been formed in every panchayat in Dantewada district to make citizens aware of vaccination. This team constantly monitors the Covid-19 test and vaccination. Talking to people removes their fear.