COVID-19 vaccination programme launched in Kangpokpi

Naorem Sanayaima (48) from Kakching district, Ayush Pharmacist posted at the District Hospital Kangpokpi became the first person to be vaccinated in the district.


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Ayush Pharmacist posted at Kangpokpi District Hospital became the first beneficiary of the COVID vaccine in Kangpokpi as the District Deputy Commissioner launched the vaccination programme in Kangpokpi Friday.

The launching of COVID-19 vaccination programme 2021 in respect of Kangpokpi district under the aegis of the District Health Society Kangpokpi was attended by DC Kangpokpi, Somorjit Salam, who is also the chairman of District Health Society Kangpokpi as chief guest while James Doujapao Haokip, Chief Executive Officer, Sadar Hills Autonomous District Council Kangpokpi and Dr. J Touthang, District Immunization Officer, Kangpokpi attended as guest of honour and functional president respectively.

The first phase of vaccination to health workers, including medical and ICDS began after the Deputy Commissioner formally launched the programme at Inspection Bungalow in the district headquarters in the presence of medical officials, district level officers, and various other civil society organizations' leaders across the district.

Naorem Sanayaima (48) from Kakching district, Ayush Pharmacist posted at the District Hospital Kangpokpi became the first person to be vaccinated in the district.

Speaking on the occasion, Somorjit Salam, DC Kangpokpi said, "It was a momentous occasion for the country and the humankind that the pandemic COVID-19 vaccine has been invented and the vaccination could start taking place in various part of the country and in our district as well".

Salam continued that ever since the beginning of the pandemic, "we have been disturbed in all aspects of life and everyone prayed for the vaccine to cure and eradicated the virus and today our prayer have been answered with the vaccine while adding that in everything there is a divine intervention so is also in the invention of COVID-19 vaccine".

"Now is the time for us to rejoice as we can be back to normal with the vaccination," the DC said, adding that the vaccination would take place on priority basis and entire populace will be vaccinated.

Mohammad Abdul Kasim, Regional Project Officer, United Nation Development Programme said that around four thousand healthcare workers have been vaccinated so far in the state among 42,000 healthcare workers and no severe case has been reported till date.

"The vaccine is safe, don't get carried away by rumours rather come forward for the vaccination and together let's overcome the pandemic COVID-19," he exhorted.

James Doujapao Haokip, CEO SHADC Kangpokpi enunciated the tireless efforts and sacrifice of the healthcare workers, frontline workers, etc. and appreciated all who have been relentlessly working for the wellbeing of the people while exhorting the people for collective fight and eradication of the pandemic COVID-19.

Dr J Touthang, DIO Kangpokpi said that the name of the vaccine is Covishield and 0.5 ml has been administered per person. Around 2464 healthcare workers in the district will be administered the vaccine first and then it will be administered to all the frontline workers and others and it will continue till entire populace of the district are vaccinated, he said.

He also said that the vaccinated person were kept under observation for 30 minutes in an observation room. The second dose will be vaccinated after 28 days from the vaccination of the first dose, he said.

Around 750 vaccine has been acquired for the first phase and it will be collected from time to time.

Altogether, 31 healthcare workers, including medical such as doctors, nurses, etc. and ICDS workers were vaccinated during the launching programme.

First Published:Feb. 5, 2021, 7:10 p.m.

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