Govt aims to vaccinate 2.5 lakh people daily; action plan to confront 3rd wave of pandemic

Veena George | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister Veena George said that along with improving the facilities in hospitals in view of a third wave of Covid-19, attempts are made to vaccinate maximum number of people.

The participation of private hospitals also will be ensured in this drive. The government aims to vaccinate upto 2 lakh - 2.5 lakh people per day. The vaccine doses, more staff and other facilities required for this should be made available, the minister demanded.

A registration drive will be initiated for the common people who are not familiar with the registration process. Vaccination should be effectively carried out on Sundays and other holidays, the minister directed in a high level meeting.

An action plan to be implemented in case of a third wave of the pandemic also was explained at the meeting. The intensity of the second wave is gradually declining due to the intervention of the government and lockdown. However, more beds will be arranged in private hospitals in view of the third wave. The number of oxygen beds, ICU and ventilator also will be improved.

In order to prevent oxygen shortage, production will be risen by 60 metric ton per day. KMSCL has been directed to stock medicines, equipments, testing kits and other safety measures. The health department has been implementing surge plan to confront the third wave. Facilities in government and private hospitals are enhanced and training is given to medical staff.

As family members spread the disease to others in the house, people with limited facilities at households will be shifted to Covid care centre. If anyone in the house is in high risk category such as people with comorbidities and senior citizens, they should be given special attention.

The meeting also discussed the current situation in district level and the current facilities in hospitals. The health centres should not organise any event without following Covid protocol, the minister further directed.

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