One crore doses of vaccine needed each month: CM

Amaravati, May 10:

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy held a review meeting on prevailing COVID crisis and vaccination and told officials to strengthen 104 helpline number.

During the review meeting held at camp office here on Monday, the Chief Minister said that availability of beds in districts with more covid cases should be increased. He said there should be immediate response once a call was made to 104 helpline number and bed should be alloted to the required person and patients who do not require hospitalisation should be sent to covid care centers.

He said German hanger tents should be put up in hospitals for immediate medical help so that people need not waiting outside the hospitals. He said Arogya Mitra should be available in every hospital and a phone number should be displayed in every hospital for receiving grevinaces.

He said Central Government would decide on the number of doses of Vaccine to be sold to states and the later would buy the sanctioned quota by paying the money in advance. He said it would take six months to complete Vaccination process in the state provided that one crore vaccines were supplied per month. He said only 19 lakh doses of Vaccine on average were being supplied to the state per month and instructed the officials to think of going for global tenders on vaccine purchase.

The officials said the state had received 60,60,400 doses of covishield, of which 43,99,802 were administered as the first dose and 16,87,315 as the second dose. Similarly the state received a total 12,89,560 doses of covaxin, of which 9,23,296 doses were given under the first dose and 2,90,047 doses under the second dose.

He said there should be no rush at Vaccination centers and added that ANMs and Asha workers should be clearly informed on Vaccination details so that long queues can be avoided. He said to arrange chairs at Vaccination centers for the comfort of people. He said people should be informed that every one would receive vaccine free of cost by the government. He said to complete second dose of vaccine to people who are above 45 years and taken first dose and later focus on administring first dose of vaccine to people above 45 years as they are more vulnerable to COVID. The health professionals requested the Chief Minister to treat fever as covid symptom and provide medication immediately and the later directed the officials to take necessary action in this regard.

The Chief Minister said Vaccination Programme is under the control of the Central Government and even if the state wants to buy vaccines directly from the manufacturing companies, the center is instructing them on the number of doses to be sold to the states and added that the current situation on Vaccination need to be explained to the people. He instructed the officials to take necessary action to set up PSA Oxygen plants in Community hospitals and Teaching hospitals and added to prepare an action plan in this regard. The officials informed the Chief Minister that there are 47,644 beds in 638 Covid hospitals, of which 39,271 beds are occupied. He said 24,645 people are being treated under Arogyasri Scheme while another 15,000 were in Covid care centers. There are 6,789 ICU beds of which 6317 beds are occupied.

The officials said there is on single hospital which is fully private, all are listed as either empaneled or temporary empaneled hospitals. The officials said there are 49,438 beds in 102 Covid care centers, of which 15,107 beds are occupied and about 1.5 lakh people are in home isolation. He said to curb black marketing of Remedviser injections and directed the officials to conduct audit on their usage in government and private hospitals. He said to ensure patients are not robbed in the name of injections and they should be available to patients.

He instructed the Director General of Police to submit a report every day from every district on implementation of Curfew and added that curfew should be implemented at stipulated time across the stat. He said Covid review committees should conduct meetings on every Wednesday in the districts so that the problems at ground level can be explained to officials by public representatives and added to analyse the feedback received in the meetings and address the problems immediately. The officials informed the Chief Minister that the government has approved for recruitment of 20,793 people for containing COVID of which 17,901 people are recruited. They said 3,500 MBBS final year students are being recruited on temporary basis to provide better treatment to patients in Covid hospitals.

Deputy Chief Minister Alla Krishna Srinivas, Chief Secretary Adityanath Das, DGP Goutam Sawang, Covid command control chairman Dr KS Jawahar Reddy, Health Principal Secretary Anil Kumar Singhal, Covid task force committe chairman MT Krishna Babu, Health Commissioner Katamaneni Bhaskar, Health Secretary M Ravi Chandra, 104 call center incharge A babu, Arogyasri CEO Dr Mallikarjuna, APMSISC VC and MD Vijayarama Raju and other officials were present

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