Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government will issue detailed guidelines today for the COVID-19 vaccination of pregnant women, which is scheduled to begin after July 15, informed Health and Family Welfare Department Director Bijay Panigrahi on Friday.
The training for ANM, ASHA and Anganwadi workers and other health workers will be completed before July 15. They have been instructed in this regard, he added.
Panigrahi informed that 1.73 lakh Covaxin doses have arrived today. Shortage of vaccines has disrupted the inoculation in five districts of the State today.
The government has already clarified that Covid-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women and the special inoculation drive will be carried out as per the guidelines issued.
Panigrahi stated that frontline workers, ASHA, Anganwadi and all health workers have been administered special training for inoculation of pregnant women.
He said that dedicated waiting rooms are being set-up at all vaccination centres so that the women don’t have to stand in queue with others.
Director of Health Services Bijay Mohapatra said the daily cases are declining gradually in the State.
“Surveillance and testing have increased in places where transmission is not declining. The Central team is still reviewing the situation in districts reporting maximum daily cases. We will work as per their suggestions,” he added.
DMET (Directorate of Medical Education and Training ) director Dr CBK Mohanty said that Test Positivity Rate (TPR) has not increased even as the daily cases are rising in some places.
“There is no reason to worry. Cases have increased in some places due to increase in testing and surveillance. TPR hasn't increased. The coastal districts have more mobile populations. Three-month surveillance is underway in these regions,” Mohanty said.