H&FW identifies 19,654 COVID vax beneficiaries

Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/17/2020 12:06:46 PM IST

A total of 19,654 beneficiaries have been listed and uploaded in the  data based portal to receive the first phase of COVID-19 vaccine in Nagaland .

Addressing a press conference at the directorate of Health and Family Welfare (H&FW), Thursday, Nodal Officer for COVID-19 vaccine and State Immunization Officer, Dr. Ritu Thurr said that once the vaccine is available throughout the country, Nagaland will be ready to receive and carry out the vaccination. He appraised that the state has 119 cold chain storage points for the vaccine.

Dr. Thurr said that 1,641 sites have been identified for the vaccination. He informed that there will be five participants at the vaccination booth, consisting of vaccinator, officer (1 and 2) health personnel and supervisor. He also informed that medical personnel from government and private hospitals, retired medical practitioners and nurses will also be deputed for vaccination. Dr.Thurr expressed the hope that sister departments would also coordinate in this regard. 

According to Dr. Thurr, the COVID-19 vaccine would”most likely” be in injected form, for which syringes and needles are made available. He also disclosed that a committee - Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI)- has been formed with a medical team that would also include medical specialists.

Dr. Thurr said that beneficiaries will have to wait for 30 minutes after administering the COVID-19 dose to check for any AEFI.

He also said meetings have been conducted for coordination mechanisms with the state steering committee, state task force, district task force and block task force. Further, Dr Thurr said the national level training has been completed, while training at district and block level will be completed “before Christmas”.

Dr. Thurr said that UNDP, UNICEF, Jhpiego will be assisting for the vaccination and WHO will help in training.

He also pointed out that usually while introducing  a new vaccine there is publication of literature. However, for COVID-19 vaccine there is “no clarity” and as per information there are multiple vaccine candidates at various stages of development.  

Managing Director NHM, Dr. Kevichusa Medikhru informed that the Prime Minister during a video conference with the states had stated that 30 crore vaccine doses will be given for the whole country in four phases.

Dr.Thurr said that for the first phase of 1 crore doses will be for healthcare workers;  second phase of 1 crore doses for frontline workers; third phase of 27 crore doses for those above 50 years   and fourth phase of 1 crore doses to younger than 50 years of age with co-morbidity.

Dr. Medikhru also said the government of India has also developed an SMS-based application which will direct the beneficiaries to the health units for vaccination.

Further, he informed that   all district headquarters will be the main distributor for the vaccine. For sub centers, initially the vaccination will given at district hospitals, CHC and PHC. He said that healthcare workers will have to go to the nearest district hospital, CHC or PHC for the vaccination.  

Dr. Medikhru said that the COVID-19 vaccine will be given free of cost. He also said there was no guideline issued by the government of India for the  second phase.

Deputy Director and Spokesperson on COVID-19, Dr. Nyan Kikon cautioned people not to let their guard down just because COVID-19 vaccine is round the corner.  He urged people to be vigilant as before and even after the vaccination, people should be careful till  antibodies are formed.  

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