Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Kohima DTF to ramp up COVID testing & vaccination

Kohima District Task Force (DTF) on COVID-19 during its meeting on August 26 decided to strengthen and ramp up COVID-19 testing and vaccination activities across the district despite low reported cases.
According to a DIPR report, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kohima, Shanavas C, while chairing the meeting at the Conference Hall, DC Kohima office, said that though COVID positive cases may be less in the district, the DTF should be prepared with action plan in order to tackle any situation that may occur in future.
Shanavas said the DTF would now have to focus on different categories of COVID vaccination in the district.
For strengthening and ramping up of Covid-19 testing and vaccination activities in the district, the DTF deliberated on the increase of vaccination sites and to concentrate more on testing.
The team also decided to come up with action plan involving all the line departments and stakeholders to create awareness and sensitise the eligible beneficiaries to get vaccinated.
Briefing on COVID-19 vaccination status of the district, chief medical officer (CMO) Kohima, Dr. Tumchobeni Kikon informed that the total population of the district was 2,70,236 as per 2011 census, however, as per head count it was 1,75,064 and the vaccine target was set as per the head count.
Dr. Kikon said the district has 62 health units where first dose coverage till date was recorded as – 18+ years and above – 73.26%, 15-18 years – 56.99%, 12-14 years – 17.51% and 44.93% of precautionary dose.
The CMO also informed that covid vaccination sessions have been created as per demand generation at all Rural Health Units and Central Armed Forces till date. However, she said regular session site from Monday to Friday in the district at present are NHAK, UPHC Potterlane and UPHC Seikhazou.
Dr. Kikon informed that Tseminyu district has been chosen for the Indian Social Responsibility Network (ISRN) team to work as the district shows the lowest performing block. She said that the ISRN team would assist in areas where medical team alone cannot do especially in creating awareness.