ITANAGAR, MAY 22: There is no scarcity of covid vaccine in the state, there may be some shortage and it is an ongoing process and consignments are arriving from time to time and vaccination process has not been halted. Informed Health & Family Welfare Minister Alo Libang.
Libang while receiving of around 150 nos of portable Oxygen concentrator of 8 litre per minute alongwith Principal Secretary Health Dr. Sarat Chauhan, State Nodal officer (Oxygen) Dr. Y Tato and other senior officers of health department at Interstate Truck terminal (ISTT) at Lekhi from World Health Organisation (WHO) today said that the state government is grateful to WHO for providing such equipment. He said such support, help and contribution will always be lauded and thanks the officers and officials of WHO for the same. LIbang said.
State government procured 20180 vaccine out of which 3670 were available for the aged group of 18-44 years till Friday evening while there are 101970 doses which were sent by Government of India for the targeted groups for field level workers, frontline workers and people of aged of 45 years and above. There is no scarcity of Covid vaccine in any part of the state but there may be some shortage for only the aged group of 18-44 years and such shortage is seen across the country due to limitation of production level of the company. Payment issued for procurement of 22460 doses to Serum Institute today for 18-44 aged groups. Minister said.
As per data available of 21st May 329098 person has been administered the Covid vaccine out of 247176 persons has been administered with first dose of vaccine while 81922 has been administered with second dose wherein 14141 persons of aged group of 18-44 has been vaccinated the first dose. He said.
The Ramakrishna Mission hospital is also procuring the vaccination separately for fifty thousand and payment would be sent on Monday for the aged group of 18-44 and hope there would be no shortage and scarcity of vaccine in the state. The vaccine would be expected to arrive shortly by a week, however procurement is routine work and the state government will continue to monitor the requirement from time to time and we will ensure the proper vaccination. After the issue of new guidelines of vaccination period gap by which we will face no shortage and scarcity of vaccine. Minister said.
With regards to Oxygen supply to various hospitals, the Minister informed us that we are working on it and there is no information of any shortage of oxygen supply in any hospitals of the state as of now. We are preparing ourselves keeping in mind the demand slowly coming up and not to face any problem in future, as of now the oxygen supply system is being made available fully to DCH Chimpu and BPCH Pasighat and other hospitals.
We are working to provide an oxygen supply system in all the district hospitals, DCH, DCHC which are catering the maximum covid patients. We have received support from UNDP, PM Care, UNICEF, OIL and any left out hospital will also be provided with an oxygen supply system and assurance received from the Union Health Ministry. Libang said.
We are getting additional support for the oxygen concentration system from other organizations and we will look forward to strengthening the system and we are also stocking the jumbo cylinder and others also, Libang said.
Earlier there were 168 oxygen beds in last month and today we have around 333 oxygen beds across the state and trying to increase upto 500 by June and then further efforts will be put to increase upto 1000 beds. There are 40 ICU beds and we are putting efforts to increase the ICU beds also He said.
The vaccination process is low and urges all those who have not been vaccinated to visit the vaccination centre get vaccinated as per Covid protocol.
The health minister further appealed to all sections of society to maintain the Covid guidelines to remain safe and secure with good health. He also urged all not to move in any busy and crowded area to remain safe from infection of Coronavirus (Covid 19).