Covid vaccine in Telangana: 80 lakh people to be administered vaccine in 1st phase

Telangana Health Minister Eatala Rajender today, Thursday, December 24, 2020, pointed out that since the vaccine is the only way to completely eradicate the fear about the coronavirus and the new Covid strain, all arrangements are being made in Telangana State to provide vaccine to the people as soon as it available and stocks reached the State.

Arrangements for storage of the vaccine, transportation and distribution were discussed by the minister with the authorities at a high level review meeting held on Thursday.

Eatala said 10,00 vaccinators were given training to administer the vaccine He pointed out that if each of them could give vaccine jab to one hundred people per day, nearly one million people could be vaccinated per day. The minister added that plans were afoot to vaccinate 70 to 80 lakh people in the first phase.

Health, Police, Municipal and Fire personnel as well as the elderly will be vaccinated in the first phase. Eatala said software is also ready to administer second dose 28 days after administering the first dose.

Ealala told officials to equip facilities like drinking water, tents and chairs in centers earmarked for giving vaccine. The minister directed the authorities to look into the cold chain arrangements for the supply of the vaccine, the mapping of vaccine recipients, the training of the staff and the facilities required at the vaccine centers.

The minister said the public health system needs to be fully strengthened to withstand epidemics like the Corona. He said government hospitals are being strengthened as per Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s directions.

The minister has directed authorities to purchase 11 CT SCAN and 3 MRI machines immediately. He wanted them to be made available at the earliest. Further, minister desired that quality medical equipment is procured at less rates.

All operation theaters in government hospitals were ordered to be upgraded with modern technology and state of the art equipment. It was suggested that these be ready in another six months. Officials estimated that this will require Rs 30 crore budget.

Following the success of Basti Dawakhanas, 8 diagnostic mini hubs have been readied for the medical examinations of the patients visiting these facilities. X-RAY, Ultra Sound, ECG tests will be done in Basti Dawakhanas along with blood tests. The minister said these diagnostic hubs were set for launch from the end of this month.

Minister also ordered for an increase in the number of dialysis centers and machines. He suggested officials to take steps so that dialysis patients are not made to travel long distances.

Among those who attended the review meeting were Health Secretary S A M Rizvi, Family Welfare Commissioner Vakati Karuna, Director, Medical Education Dr Ramesh Reddy, Director of Public Health Dr Srinivasa Rao, TSMIDC MD Chandrasekhar Reddy and Covid-19 technical committee members Dr Gangadhar.