COVID-19 vaccination preparation continues

Dimapur, January 15 (MExN): With barely a day left for the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination in the State along with the rest of the country, districts in Nagaland carried out meetings and vaccination drives on January 15.

Longleng: The Longleng District Planning and Development Board (DPDB) meeting held under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner M Shayung Phom at DC’s conference hall on January 15 stressed on creating mass awareness for COVID-19 vaccination in the district.

The DC apprised the members on launching programme of COVID-19 vaccination at district hospital, Longleng on January 16. In this regard, he appealed to the members to extend full cooperation and support to the Medical department and create mass awareness on safety of the vaccine and to refrain from rumor-spreading on social media.

Dr S Imnameren Phom, DPO (RCH/UIP) Longleng delivered a presentation on launching of vaccination for COVID-19 at district hospital, setting up and conducting vaccination sessions. He informed that vaccination will be given only to those beneficiaries who were pre-registered in a phase-wise manner. The first phase will be given to health care workers followed by frontline workers, old age above 50 years and conclude with below 50 years age group.

Dr Meren also informed that normal health care service facilities will continue as usual in the hospital during the vaccination period and full SOPs like social distancing, use of face masks etc. would be strictly maintained and hand washing facilities will be provided at the vaccination site. Only one person will be allowed to enter the vaccination room for privacy and vaccinated person will be kept in the observation room for 30 minutes. He also stressed on the role and responsibilities of the different Vaccination Officers and Vaccinator Officer for smooth conduct and safety of the beneficiaries.

The DC also reviewed minutes of the last meeting followed by work distribution for Republic Day celebration, according to a DIPR report. He also reiterated the need for all officers to be in their place of posting and cater to the needs of the people.  He asserted that subordinate officials representing the departments during DPDB meeting hampers the decision of the meeting and reminded officials to abstain from sending their subordinates during DPDB and other important meetings concerning the development of the district.

Later the house also discussed and deliberated on the ongoing upgradation, repair and renovation of various roads connecting the district and the concerned departments were directed to be more active and supervise the projects for quality roads in the district, the report added.

Tuensang: The Tuensang District Task Force (DTF) for COVID-19 held a meeting on January 15 at DC Conference Hall, Tuensang on Vaccine administration process.

Kumar Ramnikant DC and Chairman DTF Tuensang informed that there would be a total of 14 session stations for Tuensang and the DC advised all DTF members to give a collective effort in all the vaccination processes.

Dr Thungchanpeni DIO (UIR& RCH) highlighted the details on session plan preparations and vaccinators’ officials and its work plans. Tuensang district has received 1650 dose for 743 beneficiaries out of total 1740 registered for the first phase she said. She also explained on the logistics of the while vaccination processes. The DIO apprised the members for need of manpower in the coming phases of vaccination. 

The DC also informed on setting up of control room to reach out to the beneficiaries for the second round of vaccination process, according to the DIPR report.

Mon: Meanwhile, in the DPDB meeting held on January 15, DC Mon Thavaseelan K gave a brief description on Phase I of Vaccination on COVID-19, which is scheduled to start from January 16.

The meeting was chaired by 46 Mon MLA Thongwang, Chairman of the District Planning and Development Board Mon, a DIPR report stated.

Phek: The office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Phek conducted training for vaccinators on COVID-19 roll-out on January 13 at CMO conference hall, Phek.

The main aim of the training was to impart hands-on training to the health care workers for the implementation of COVID-19 vaccine to be launched on January 16.

Dr Kolhitso Khalo, District Immunization Officer, Phek highlighted the activities to be carried out during the drive.
 Dr Collins, Consultant WHO (NTEP) was the main resource person and different activities to be carried out during the vaccination were also discussed.

Videos on logistics management, setting and conducting of session sites, administering of vaccine etc. were also shown and practical session on the use of CO-WIN application was demonstrated by Zuvutho, Vaccine and Cold Chain Manager, Phek.

A session on communication and mobilization approaches was also presented by District Media Officer NHM, Phek. Altogether 43 participants attended the training.