Over 70,000 have registered for COVID vaccine in State

DIMAPUR, JAN 28 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/28/2021 1:20:15 PM IST

Altogether 70,274 people have registered for COVID-19 vaccine in the State till Thursday, of which 20,692 are healthcare workers, a DIPR report stared.

Disclosing this at a meeting of State Task Force held at the health & family welfare (H&FW) directorate in Kohima on Thursday to review COVID vaccination and upcoming National Immunization Day (NID) for polio, State immunisation officer (SIO) Dr Ritu Thurr further stated that 5,773 healthcare workers have been administered the first dose of Covishield vaccine in the State. He said the first dose of vaccination would continue till February 24.

Held under the chairmanship of H&FW principal secretary Amardeep Singh Bhatia and attended by officials from H&FW and social welfare departments and State-level development partners from WHO, UNICEF and UNDP, the meeting was informed by WHO senior medical officer Dr Sheilla Longkumer that the State was ready to start a three-day polio campaign to target 1,51,000 children and ensure coverage of 80% children below 5 years. She said that the state level campaign will be launched at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima. During the 3 days campaign-- Monday and Tuesday will be house to house, while Sunday will be open for those who could not get vaccinated on those two days. 

State to launch IPP on Jan 31

State Health department has informed that Intensive Pulse Polio would be launched on January 31, 2021along with the rest of country.

The department stated that polio drops would be administered to all eligible children from 0-5 years throughout the state in 2206 Polio Booths to be manned by 9096 health personnel and 441 supervisors along with vaccines and other logistics. It stated that special focus would be given to migrant population with an aim to prevent importation of Polio cases. The department has appealed to all sections of the society, agencies (government, and non-government including the security forces and police), organizations, churches and community leaders and especially parents of children below 5 years of age to come forward and ensure that all eligible children receive the “Two Drops of Life” (Polio Drops) on January 31, 2021.

India has remained free of wild polio cases since January 2011 and India’s unprecedented progress against polio has led to certification of south east region including India by WHO in March 2014. India remains at high risk of importation till the whole world is free of wild polio virus. As per the recommendations of the India Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on Polio NIDs are to be conducted covering all the children in the age group 0-5 years of age using bOPV.

Meanwhile, the STF meeting discussed the following action points-- from the revenue department only Kiphire and Mon have registrar in the Co-WIN portal. As the health department was overburdened with COVID-19 and other parallel activities, it was decided that other departments will roped in for COVID vaccine registration. The meeting was of the view that next STF would need representation from commissioner’s office for better coordination with all DCs, while the district task forces (DTFs) should focus on beneficiary registration of frontline workers (FLWs) as specified in Health ministry operational guidelines.

Among other decision taken at the meeting, the house  decided that sensitisation of anganwadi workers and ASHAs for COVID vaccination would be done urgently through VC with CHOs to motivate all of them, including AWWs, even as a parallel sensitisation will be done through CMOs and social welfare department.

It was further decided to identify influencers from every department to mobilise the missed out healthcare workers with uniform messaging and share positive experiences after the vaccination.

Specific instructions regarding IMI will be going out in a day or two to all districts, where CMOs will lead and give specific help to the immunisation team pooled from other vertical programmes.

The next step for vaccinating FLWs will be coordinated with all allied departments through the DTFs, as health department will not be able to handle the surge. 

The DCs and DTFs will be leading the districts in registration and successfully carrying out the vaccination of all FLWs, a DIPR release stated.


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