Phase-I: COVID-19 vaccination drive launched in Nagaland

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 1/16/2021 12:28:06 PM IST

State wide launching programme of first phase of COVID-19 vaccination was held on January 16. 

Kohima: In Kohima, the district immunization officer, Dr. Rupert informed that under urban areas in Kohima district, a total of twenty-one (21) sites, 16 at government health facilities and five (5) at private health facilities have been set up for vaccination sessions. According to DIPR report, Dr. Sentimeren Aonok senior consultant (ICU) Naga Hospital (NHAK) and Governor’s Medal awardee received the first dose of Covid vaccine in the state at NHAK. Khrielavonuo Angami, nightingale awardee 2019 also received the vaccine today. Government session sites include NHAK, Urban Primary Health Centres (UPHCs), Seikhazou and UPHC Potterlane while Primary Health Centres (PHCs) included Bethal Medical Centre, Kohimas, K. P. Bethesda, Oking and Putuonuo Nursing Home. A total number of 3068 beneficiaries have been registered. Altogether 80 beneficiaries from health care workers were vaccinated with nill adverse affect.

Jalukie: Minister of Higher Education & Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along who is also the legislator in-charge for Peren District COVID-19 graced the launching programme, in the presence of district administration, Medical department, Police and public leaders. Imna Along emphasized on dissemination of proper information to the general public regarding the vaccination and also added it was the responsibility of the Medical dept., district administration and public leaders to sensitise the public. He also encouraged the public to maintain and practice proper health hygiene such as frequent washing of hands, use of face masks and maintenance of social distancing. Launching programme was chaired by DIS Peren, Ngauzeulungbe, welcome address by Dy. CMO Peren, Dr. Lanuakam and short speeches by DC Peren, Sentiwapang Aier and ZPO president, Dr. Tumda.

Tuensang: In Tuensang the programme was launched at Tuensang District Hospital in the presence of advisor I&PR, SCERT and VGs Nagaland, Toshi Wungtung and Toyang Changkhong Chang MLA. It was attended by DC Kumar Ramnikant and adminintrative officers and SP Tuensang with CMO & MO officials Tuensang. Toshi Wungtung appreciated the efforts that have come so far towards launching of the vaccine which has been tested in the best clinics in the world and India. Toshi urged all to join the exercise and be a part of the history and encouraged the health workers and medical fraternity to lead the way. Toyang Changkhong Chang appreciated the government of Nagaland for the tireless efforts in containing this pandemic and from going worse. The first vaccine was tested by Dr. Senilo Magh MO DH Tuensang in the programme chaired by Dr. MOA CMO Tuensang. Invocation was offered by Avini chaplain DH Tuensangs.

Mon: In Mon, advisor of Fire & Emergency Services, SIRD, Relief and Rehabilitation, Pohwang Konyak launched the vaccine at District Hospital Mon. 

A press release stated that, out of the 1397 beneficiaries registered for the vaccine dose for the first phase, only 720 vaccine dose was available for Mon district.

The first person to be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine was Dr. Aman Konyak (gynecologist District Hospital Mon). Thongwang Konyak, MLA & chairman DPDB Mon, DC Mon and CMO Mon also gave a short speeches during the launching programme.

Zunheboto: First phase of COVID-19 vaccination was launched at town hall, Zunheboto by DC, Peter Lichamo. According to DIPR report, in a launching programme attended by representatives from various civil bodies and government officers, DC reminded that they should remain thankful to scientists and all, involved in making the vaccine in a short period of time. He also acknowledged the tireless efforts by frontline workers who had worked as shields from beginning of the pandemic. DPO (RCH & UIP), Dr. M Nukshisangla Jamir through her keynote address highlighted procedures of the vaccination drive. CMO, Zunheboto Dr K Akaho Sema was vaccinated first among the attendees. Launching programme was chaired by DTO (NTEP), Dr Y Aron Sema, while pastor (SBCZ) Dr. Hutton Sumi pronounced invocation.

Mokokchung: ADC Mokokchung Shashank Singh launched the programme in the presence of Dr. Sathya Bhas Karan, WHO representative. According to DIPR report, programme was held at Imkongliba Memorial District Hospital (IMDH) Mokokchung, chaired by Dr. R. Chubala Aier chief medical officer (CMO) Mokokchung. Dedicatory prayer was offered by Yanglu associate pastor Medical Fellowship. CMO said that first phase of vaccination will be administered to health and frontline workers.

Wokha: Wokha District Task Force administrated 100 health care workers on COVID-19 vaccination launched by deputy commissioner & chairman District Task Force for COVID-19, Orenthung Lotha at Dr. Motsuo Memorial District Hospital, Wokha. DC stated there were many challenges as people refused to take the vaccine because of the rumors and misconception. He also appealed to the churches, NGOs and stake holders in the district to help in spreading awareness about the advantages of the vaccine. CMO Wokha, Dr. C.W. Tungoe in the key note address said the first phase of vaccination would be administered to the health care workers and frontline worker, second 50 years of age above and 50 years and below with co-morbidity conditions. 1666 number of beneficiaries have been identified for vaccination in the district where 8 session sites have been identified which will be done in four day session and on January 16, 100 beneficiaries will be vaccinated and the second dose will be administrated after 28 day. President Lotha Eloe Hoho, Lotha Youth Hoho and other officials also attened. Rev. Abemo Jungio senior pastor Wokha Town Baptist Church offered the dedicatory prayer.

Phek: In Phek, the launching was held at District Hospital Phek on January 16, by CMO Phek, Dr.Vibeituonuo Mepfuo.

A press release by NHM Phek district media officer, Kutolu Makro stated that, in her inaugural speech the CMO highlighted the efficacy and safety of the vaccine against COVID-19. The vaccination drive activities to be carried out in the identified health units were also briefed. Altogether 100 beneficiaries were successfully vaccinated with no untoward adverse reaction seen after the vaccination. Total of 14 session sites were set up. The vaccination activities in the identified Community Health Centre (CHC) and Primary Health Centres (PHC) will be carried out in the subsequent days. Earlier, programme was chaired by medical superintendant DH, Phek, Dr. Tiala Longkumer while the invocation was pronounced by Thepfuneizo Yhor, pastor of Angami Baptist Church Phek town.

Longleng: Deputy commissioner M. Shayung Phom launched the programme in the presence of government officers, NGOs and civil societies at District Hospital. DC sought the cooperation and support of all concerned to change the mind-set of the people by disseminating the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. Short speech was proposed by SP Longleng, Yanithung Ezung and the keynote address was pronounced by Dr. Obangjungla, CMO, Longleng.  Welcome address was proposed by Dr. Lhouvizotuo Belho, medical superintendent DH and dedicatory prayer was offered by the secretary PBCA. Vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Imnameren Phom.

Kiphire: Meanwhile in Kiphire, COVID-19 vaccination training for Kiphire district was held on January 15 at District Hospital Kiphire, attended by 54 designated vaccinators and MO, DHK, Dr. Bandangsangla. Training began with a keynote address by Dr. K. Pewezo Khalo, district programme officer of RCH & UIP. Resource person was Dr. Kevisetuo Anthony Dzeyie applied epidemiology programme co-ordinator of VCCM (UNDP). During the training, deputy commissioner Kiphire Ajit Kumar Ranjan had an interaction with the participants and encouraged to carry out the vaccination as per the GoI operational guidelines. 

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