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Govt. may enforce lockdown if vaccination rate remains low: Pangnyu

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 20: Nagaland Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom today cautioned that if Nagaland fails to achieve the target for vaccination before Christmas, the Government would be compelled to enforce lockdown again in the State.
Addressing a review meeting with district officials on COVID-19 vaccination today at the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, the Minister revealed that despite all efforts by the State Government, Nagaland remains lowest in vaccination coverage in the country.


The State also has the 2nd highest COVID-19 fatality rate, he revealed in the meeting convened to find ways to increase vaccination in all districts and way forward towards Har Ghar Dhastak.
Accepting that the reasons for low coverage of vaccination are mainly hesitancy because many people are misguided and misinformed by unseen and seen elements, he advised District officials to seek help of Church leaders, NGOs, civil societies and all available organizations.
All Districts may have different problems but should solve it together, he added.
Principal Secretary Amardeep S Bhatia stated that the meeting is an opportunity for everyone to share opinions and brainstorm better options and ways to tackle the current situation of low vaccination coverage. He mentioned that it is time to go beyond awareness but implement more intensive response.
He also advised district officers to coordinate with all organizations and pass resolutions to improve vaccination status. Door-to-door campaign should also be strategized and medical officers should personally visit all concerned people, he said.
State Immunization Officer, Dr. Ritu made a presentation on COVID-19 vaccination scenario in Nagaland while Principal Director Dr Neikhrielie Khimiao delivered the vote of thanks.
(Page News Service)

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