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My baby was born in Gurugram, where he had his first vaccine, which charged us roughly 5000 rupees. Still, we had to move to our hometown near Agra after a few days because immunization was only available at the government hospital and not at a private institution.
We discussed with our friends who had finished their baby’s vaccinations, and they said that government facilities are filthy, messed up, and unprofessional. Furthermore, vaccinations offered by private hospitals may cost between 10-15 thousand rupees every visit, but vaccinations provided by government clinics are free. Since it is free in the government centre, it may not be as effective as the general public believes. Additionally, the vaccines administered by private hospitals are painless and do not cause fever in 95% of cases. Since there was no private centre, we moved to the government centre.
The government hospital was spotless when we arrived, but the crowd was uneducated. The nurse disinfected her hands and wore masks before handing us a baby card and inquiring about the baby’s details. They then brought out the vaccinations as per the vaccination schedule for the baby from the refrigerator. She also explained to us about the vaccines. Now that the facilities at government hospitals have been enhanced. We got all the vaccinations done by a government doctor, who also gave us paracetamol drops and a helpful leaflet during the process.
In my opinion, a baby’s immune system should be strengthened, or else they would be unable to cope with life’s challenges. Doctors also believe that painful immunizations are more effective than painless vaccines. I also spoke to my doctor about it, and he said that the doses offered by government centres are as effective. In my opinion, we should take advantage of the free services provided by the government and inform others about these services.
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