Batley, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Friday 8th July, 2011
Over 100 people pre-booked places at the CBH Travel Vaccination Clinic which was held on Friday 8th July 2011 at the Al-Hikmah Centre Batley. The clinic was oversubscribed with people travelling from around Yorkshire including Dewsbury, Huddersfield and Bradford and as far as Bolton and Blackburn to be inoculated against Meningitis (ACWY). The ACWY is a requirement for those going on apilgrimage to Makkah (Meccca, Saudi Arabia) and was delivered at cost. Doctors and nurses from across Yorkshire volunteered their services.
Centre Manager Musa Kazi said, “We are proud to support such an initiative and commend the work of the CBH in bringing the costs of vaccinations down”.
Asif Dabhad, a local activist and regional manager at the CBH campaigned hard to get local GPs to drop thier prices for the vaccinations. “I was shocked by the inconsistencies of prices and exploitation by soe GPs. This is a mandatory ACWY vaccination for the pilgrimage visa to Saudi Arabia; I am delighted that we’ve been able to demonstrated a community need for this cost price service”
Rashid Mogradia, CEO at the CBH “Our travel clinics are now becoming very popular with almost daily requests from volunteers and doctors who would like to offer it in their towns and cities across the UK. Back in 2009 we delivered a similar clinic for the people of Yorkshire in light of the then swine flu outbreak which was very well received. It is clear some GP’s are charging extortionate amounts for a jab, and all we are doing is making it more affordable, encouraging uptake of the immunisations, which should ultimately prevent infections and reduce the burden on local NHS in treating people who become ill. We are also concerned at the rising costs of pilgrimages and will be looking in fine detail at the whole supply chain to bring down prices for the benefit of the public”
Dr Shaikh was one of the doctors who volunteered on the night “I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to deliver the clinic for the community, the event ran smoothly and I look forward to the next clinic in September”.
Rabia Abowath one of those vaccinated on the night said “The service provided to me was excellent and the volunteers were friendly and helpful”
Another patient was Ismail Lajporia who travelled from Blackburn commented “the service provided by the CBH was very helpful and informative and saved us money, even though we travelled a fair distance. I would like to see more of these types of clinics and seminars taking place”
The CBH will be running travel clinics across the UK for the Hajj season commencing in September, with the next clinic for Yorkshire being delivered on Friday 9th September 2011. To book your jab or for more details on clinics in your area call 0845 833 4145 or visit www.cbhuk.org.