Centre agreed to provide 1.1 crore doses of Covid vaccine by Sept, says Veena George
Kozhikode: The central government has agreed to provide 1.1 crore doses of the Covid-19 vaccine by September 30, Kerala health minister Veena George told Mathrubhumi.com. “If we get it on time, we will ensure all aged above 18 years receive at leat one dose,” she added.
Vaccination and paediatric treatment facilities are our biggest weapon to fight a third wave of the virus if it happens, the minister said. “The state is also storing medicines and building more oxygen plants as well. We are ensuring all districts have paediatric ICUs and wards,” she added.
“Those who are undergoing home quarantine after testing positive must have a separate room and toilet. They must not contact with others. Government have arranged facilities for those who do not have it at their places,” minister responded to question on issues with the home quarantine.
The minister said the decision on lockdown on Sundays was a collective decision of the review committee. “We have to break the chain. Sunday lockdowns will help in this,” she said.
The minister denied the opinions that the state failed to contain the virus. “Our state have more vulnerable people. Yet 50 percent of the population is not yet affected,” she stated.
The minister also denied the allegations that the state is hiding death numbers. “Since July, hospitals are updating the numbers online. Everything is transparent. We follow ICMR guidelines thoroughly,” she said.
Read the full interview (in Malayalam) here.