India’s fight against corona virus is increasing day by day. A day earlier, the country crossed the mark of 110 crore doses of vaccine. Apart from this, to increase the speed of vaccination, the government has started ‘Har Ghar Dastak’. In some areas, door-to-door vaccinations will be carried out. Meanwhile, on Thursday, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that the fight against Kovid-19 is in the final stages and security measures should not be reduced before the pandemic is completely over.
He urged the states to increase the coverage of vaccination and motivate more than 12 crore beneficiaries who are to receive the second dose of vaccine to get vaccinated. He urged all the States and Union Territories to ensure that all adults get their first dose of COVID vaccine during the ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign.
Mandaviya, during a digital interaction with the Health Ministers of the States and Union Territories, said that the fight against Kovid-19 is in the final stages. “Two weapons of vaccination and CAB (Covid-19 Appropriate Practices) will be our biggest defense against this and we should not reduce our safeguards before it is completely eradicated,” he said.
He said that at present 79 per cent of the adult population has received the first dose of vaccine and 38 per cent have received the second dose as well. He said, ‘It is the efforts of the multi-stakeholders that no eligible citizen in the country is left without the ‘protection shield’ of the Kovid-19 vaccine. Let us reach out to every nook and corner of the country and inspire people to take both the doses under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign.
According to the health ministry statement, he emphasized that while vaccination reduces the severity of the disease, adherence to COVID-appropriate practices is very important to ensure that the gains made collectively by the country so far are in vain. and there should be no further increase in the number of Kovid-19 cases. The meeting also reviewed the public health measures for control and management of COVID-19 in the States and Union Territories.
Mandaviya said that children can be the best messengers for behavior change. He urged the states and union territories to involve them (children) to take forward the message of complete immunization. “Children should encourage their parents and other family members to take both doses of the vaccine,” he said. According to the statement, Mandaviya reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strategies to strengthen the ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign, which includes deploying ‘Prachar Toli’ in villages. This will ensure that all eligible citizens are vaccinated.
Mandaviya said, “Let us introduce COVID vaccination centers at bus stations, railway stations etc, especially in big metros, as these are the primary points of entry of a large number of people into the city. Some states have started ‘Roko and Toko’ campaigns, where passengers alighting from buses, trains, rickshaws etc. are motivated to take a dose of vaccine.’ He cautioned all the states and union territories that Kovid-19 is not over. He said, ‘We should not think that Kovid is over. Cases are increasing globally. In Singapore, the UK, Russia and China, cases are on the rise again despite more than 80 per cent vaccination. Vaccination and COVID-appropriate behavior should go hand in hand.
According to the statement, the state health ministers expressed their gratitude to Mandaviya for the supply of vaccines, medicines, financial and technical resources for COVID-19 management. Accordingly, Mandaviya thanked all the States and Union Territories for their cooperation and urged them to adopt the best measures being taken by others.