‘Don’t spread false information about vaccine’
Kohima, April 17: Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio on Saturday took the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the Health and Wellness Centre (HWC) Thizama. Forty-five days back, the CM had got the first jab of the vaccine.
Launching COVID-19 Vaccination Centre (CVC) for Health and Wellness Centre (HWC) at Thizama, which marked the vaccination drive for 22 HWC in Kohima District, Rio appealed the people not to spread false information and propaganda about the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Chief Minister asserted that the vaccine is safe and encouraged all to get inoculated for the general fight against COVID-19.
“If one is safe, their family would be safe ultimately leading the society live safely,” he said.
He called upon the health workers to initiate and vaccinate everyone now that the vaccination centre has been launched in areas other than Kohima municipal area.
Rio also expressed hope that the vaccination centre would be extended in other districts’ HWCs. He said that scientists have put in their best effort to bring out a cure for the Covid-19.
The vaccine is now available to public after going through various stages of trials on human, he said while maintaining that people should not be hesitant to take the vaccine.
Further, the CM conveyed appreciation to the health workers and villagers for maintaining and following the SOPs laid by the authority.
Rio lauded the police, administration, healthcare providers and frontline workers for their selfless dedication towards fighting the first wave of COVID-19.
The death rate in the State, which is barely 0.74%, is low compared to other states, said Rio while advising the eligible people to take utmost care to help oneself as well as others in availing the free vaccine.
Expressing fear that the second wave of infection would rise very rapidly, the Chief Minister urged the people to take the vaccine as it will now be available not only in the hospitals but in the HWCs across the State for the convenience of everyone.
He encouraged the people to stay healthy by maintaining proper hygiene and following the COVID-19 appropriate behaviours including compulsory wearing of masks, practicing hand washing and sanitization and avoiding big gatherings.
On the occasion, Rio also released a media kit relating to COVID- 19 produced by the Department of Health & Family Welfare.
It contains overview of COVID 19, poster template, COVID 19 vaccination FAG flyer, How safe is COVID 19 vaccine, etc. It stated the daily rise in new coronavirus infections in India remained above 90,000 for the third consecutive day taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally of cases to 1,26,86,049.
In Nagaland, the total positive cases reported stands at 12,440 and counting as on 15th April 2021 with 83 active cases.
The spike in positive cases has been seen in Nagaland State since April that may likely mark the onset of the second wave, the media kit informed.
It said that a new COVID strain and some newer symptoms are found in patients like fever, pain in muscles, dry and persistent cough, and loss of smell and taste. Additionally, conjunctivitis, sore throat, headache, rashes, upset stomach and discolouration of fingers and toes are some of the new symptoms of the new strain COVID-19 tally in India crossed 60 lakh mark on September 28, 2020, 70 lakh mark on October 11, 2020, 80 lakh mark on October 29, 2020, 90 lakh mark on November 20, 2020, 1 crore mark on December 19, 2020 3.
The kit stated that vaccination is an important tool to help stop the pandemic.
“COVID-19 pandemic is far from over and may continue for years. Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.,” it stated.
CMO Kohima, Dr. Vezokholü Theyo in her short speech said 22 HWCs under Kohima District would now be giving the vaccines to eligible people with a view to provide health care and bring the basic health service to the doorstep.
HWC services include Care in Pregnancy & Child Birth, Neonatal & Infant Health Care services, Childhood & Adolescent Health care Services, Family Planning, Contraceptive services & other Reproductive Health Care Services, Management of Communicable diseases including Neonatal Health Programmes, Management of Common Communicable diseases & Outpatient Care for acute simple illnesses & minor ailments, Screening, Prevention, Control & Management of NCD, Care of Common Ophthalmic &ENT problems, Basic Oral Health Care, Elderly & Palliative Health Care services, Emergency Medical services, Screening & Basic Management of Mental Health ailments.
She also informed that in Kohima 23,606 persons have been vaccinated for COVID-19 till date and added that 24 CVCs/HWC (15 public, 3 private and 6 central) are active for vaccination.
Chaired by Principal Secretary HFW Amardeep S. Bhatia, chairman of Thizama village Viletuo Pienyü delivered the welcome address. (Page News Service)