Speed up Covid-19 vaccination drive in low coverage districts: Kumar

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar Wednesday directed the Health & Family Welfare department to find ways to speed coverage of Covid-19 vaccination in low coverage districts of the state.

The chief secretary during a meeting of State Steering Committee for Immunization (SSCI) held in his office, asked health & family welfare secretary to monitor and oversee the low performing districts and give necessary directions to the concerned deputy commissioners, district medical officers (DMOs) and  district reproductive and child health officers (DRCHOs) in order to scale up the coverage.

The directive of the chief secretary came following report that several districts – Papumpare rural, Kamle, Lower Dibang Valley, Upper Subansiri, Kurung Kumey and Longding are going slow in terms of Covid-19 inoculation, an official communiqué informed.

Kumar suggested for making video clips from key influencers of the district like the deputy commissioners, additional deputy commissioners, extra assistant commissioners and doctors to address misconceptions, fear or hesitancy on the vaccine.

With a total of 63,277 targeted beneficiaries including health care workers and front line workers, so far a total of 27,760 persons received jabs so far.

There are 343 Covid-19 vaccination session sites spread across health facilities in the state with Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays notified as vaccination days.

Meanwhile, the meeting also reviewed Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 3 and Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV).

Home Commissioner Kaling Tayeng, Health & Family Welfare Secretary P Parthiban, Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) Director Dr Moji Gini Director were also present in the meeting among others.

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