Centre concerned over COVID situation in Nagaland, Himachal, Uttarakhand

Spl. Correspondent NEW DELHI, DEC 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/15/2020 12:10:26 PM IST

 States asked to be ready for ‘adverse’ effects of COVID vax

Centre on Tuesday expressed concern over the COVID-19 situation in some states like Nagaland, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and called for bringing the situation under control. “We request the government and citizens of Uttarakhand, Nagaland and Himachal Pradesh to do effort to bring the situation under control,” Dr VK Paul, member (Health) at NITI Aayog, told a press conference here.

Noting Delhi has made progress, he said, “We congratulate the government of Delhi as also all the other governments who have done so well in contributing towards such a significant control (in cases) in recent times.” Centre said COVID-19 cases and deaths are declining in India which is very reassuring, but cautioned against any laxity saying an overwhelming proportion of the country’s population is still “very very susceptible” to the virus and the situation may escalate unexpectedly.

“Mortality is declining and it is well below 400 per day. Cases have come down to almost 22,000. This is the kind of number we all experienced in July. So that is very reassuring. As a nation, we seem to be now doing very well. We are saving lives. But remember, this cannot be taken for granted. An overwhelming proportion of our population is still very very susceptible to the virus. And the situation can escalate unexpectedly,” Paul said while cautioning against any laxity.

He further said the reassuring thing is that people are saying the R0 has come below one which means the pandemic is shrinking. “So we should be happy about that but cautiously happy,” he said.

Speaking about COVID vaccination drive, Union Health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that 29,000 cold-chain points, 240 walk-in coolers, 70 walk-in freezers, 45,000 ice-lined refrigerators, 41,000 deep freezers and 300 solar refrigerators will be used for this purpose. He added that all these equipment have already reached different states.

However, he cautioned about the adverse effects as well, saying that such adverse effects are primarily seen in children and pregnant women after vaccination.

Bhushan also referred to international cases to make his point, saying that India can’t deny the chances of adverse events when vaccination for Covid-19 begins. “The nations where immunisation has already started, particularly in the UK, adverse events did take place on the very first day,” he said.

Bhushan urged the states and UTs to prepare for such scenarios.

Detailed instructions on infection prevention and control practices during vaccination and management of minor, severe, serious adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) have been issued to states.



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