Hindu Priests Administer Polio Drops in Bihar

Along with ‘prasad’ and blessings, Hindu priests in the state of Bihar are administering polio drops to children. This new initiative from the health officials came when polio cases were reported in the state this year. Health officials in Bihar have trained hundreds of priests to give polio drops to immunize children.

Reuters reports

"We are keen to wipe out polio and we thought involving temple priests would be a good idea as people trust and listen to them," said Gopal Krishna, a senior Bihar health official.

"I was very surprised when the priest put polio drops into the mouths of several children, including my son, as god's blessings," said Sunita Devi, a resident of Patna, the state capital. "But we trust the priest as he can do us no harm."