KOHIMA, FEBRUARY 15: Nagaland Health Minister Pangnyu Phom today claimed that misinformation and apprehensions among frontline workers was the reason for poor response to vaccination drive in the State.
He was replying to a starred question by NPF MLA Dr Chumben Murry as to whether the response of the frontline medical workers to COVID-19 vaccination drive is below expectation.
Pangnyu replied that the response in the State was low on account several reasons such as: There were some unfounded misinformation and news of adverse events in various social media platforms. “Hesitancy amongst beneficiaries on account of this being a new vaccine and apprehensions about its side effects and issues inter alia on account of COWIN portal instability/poor internet connectivity.”
Also responding to MLA Murry’s query as to what actions were taken by the department to allay fear and improve vaccination response, Phom said that the vaccine COVISHIELD which is being used in the ongoing vaccination in the State has been introduced in the country after recommendations of experts and clearance based on its safety and efficacy. All logistics required for the vaccination drive are in place and there is sufficient stock of the vaccine, he added.
Phom said the H&FW Department has conducted series of sensitization workshops to motivate field workers including Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery (ANM), Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and Anganwadi Workers by Community Health Officers.
He said the department has conducted a series of sensitization workshops for faith based organizations, civil societies, media, village functionaries, Government officials at State, District and Block Levels. Dissemination of information on the safety and efficacy of vaccines through local print media, social media, air and doordhashan was also carried out, Phom added. (Page News Service)