On Saturday Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua today asked the Biswanath district administration to adopt a “targeted approach” towards vaccination where all frontline workers and persons coming in contact with masses are accorded priority.
A high-level review meeting at Deputy Commissioner’s Conference Hall where he took stock of the current Covid and flood scenario of the district.
Highlighting testing and vaccination as the only two ways of controlling the Covid pandemic, Barua said the administration needed to have a “vision plan” and “roadmap” in prioritizing vaccination for that category of persons who were the most vulnerable. He stressed the immediate need to vaccinate all Anganwadi workers and helpers in the district and persons working in Child Care Centres. He also asked the health department to ramp up vaccination in tea garden areas.
“You will have to have a vision plan and roadmap for vaccination. Firstly, categorize people on the basis of vulnerability and have a targeted approach in vaccinating those who were the most vulnerable. Those who come in contact with masses, like Anganwadi workers, should be accorded priority; otherwise, they might end up as super-spreaders,” said Barua.
Since Biswanath district lacks the availability of Intensive Care Units (ICU), the Chief Secretary instructed the health department to refer all Covid patients with comorbidities from now onwards to Tezpur Medical College and Hospital (TMCH); so that if required intensive care could be provided to them without any lapse of time. He also asked the administration and health department to ensure institutional quarantine for Covid patients above the age of 50.
He also instructed the health department to scale up RTPCR testing in the district. He also stressed the need for strict and compulsory testing of passengers arriving by trains in the district. He also further reviewed the availability of beds and oxygen cylinders in hospitals and Covid Care Centres (CCCs).
Citing the recent opening of a dedicated 300-bedded Covid Hospital at Sarusajai stadium in Guwahati, the Chief Secretary said the government was now concentrating on preparing itself with the required infrastructure to face the third wave.
Reviewing the flood situation in the district, Barua asked the administration to ensure social distancing was adhered to in relief camps. He said if need be; more relief camps should be readied this time around in the district in view of the Covid pandemic. He also instructed the administration to guarantee that flood-affected people get required and adequate relief material.