Jharkhand: Double amputee who lost his hands takes Covid vaccine on left thigh, urges people to get vaccinated

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Health officials have appreciated Gulshan Lohra’s initiative to take the jab and educate people to do their bit to keep the virus away.

Taking the vaccine for Covid-19 is essential and the responsibility of citizens, which was proven by Jharkhand’s Gulshan Lohra, a double amputee who lost both his hands. This week, he took the jab on his left thigh.

Gulshan Lohra, a double amputee, hails from Manoharpur block in West Singhbhum district. Assuring people that he faced no problem after taking the jab on his leg, he appealed to others to get vaccinated and do their bit to keep the virus away.

“I decided to take the vaccine at any cost to protect myself from COVID-19 as it is the only way to keep the virus away,” The New Indian Express quoted Lohra as saying.

Due to fear of death, which stems from lack of education and ignorance, many people in rural areas — including the tribal dominated districts of Jharkhand like Gumla, Khunti, Simdega, West Singhbhum and other adjoining districts — refuse to get vaccinated. Many of them are also afraid of getting fever and becoming impotent.

Health officials have appreciated Lohra’s initiative to take the jab and educate the people. “Ideally a person is given the jab in his left hand. Since, Lohra is an amputee with both hands; we decided to administer COVID-19 vaccine in his left thigh,” said Manoharpur Medical Officer Narendra Sumbrai.

“This is really a big message to the people, especially in this region, who are reluctant to take the jabs due to various reasons,” he added.

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