A third of Muslims, over 20 percent Dalits and Adivasis, and 30 percent of the overall respondents reported are being discriminated against on grounds of religion, caste or because of illness or health conditions in hospitals or by healthcare professionals, claims a report.
Sharing the results of its rapid survey on the challenges with the COVID-19 vaccination drive in India on Tuesday, Oxfam India in its report noted that 43 percent of the respondents stated that they could not get vaccinated because the vaccination centers had run out of vaccines when they visited them and 12 percent did not get inoculated because they could not afford “the high prices” of the vaccine.
The survey on the patients’ rights charter of the Health Ministry was carried out between February and April and received 3890 responses, while the survey on India’s vaccine drive was conducted between August and September covering 10,955 respondents in 28 states and 5 union territories, it added.
“One in four Indians faced discrimination while accessing health services due to their caste and religion,” Oxfam India said, citing findings of the survey.
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