Rashmi Ranjan

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Monday urged the Centre to revise the guidelines set for government and private vaccine procurement allocation ration in the State.

In a letter to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Secretary, Odisha Additional Chief Secretary PK Mohapatra urged the former to revise the private vaccine allocation ratio of 75:25 to 95:5 ratio for the State.

"It has been mentioned that 25 per cent of monthly production of vaccines by domestic manufacturers can be directly procured by private hospitals However. till date, only four private hospitals in Odisha have been able to procure vaccines directly from the manufacturers," the letter read.

"You are aware that in Odisha the presence of private hospitals is very low and limited to only about five per cent of the total health care sector in the State. Hence it is apprehended that as per the existing guidelines, Odisha will lose out on its proportionate share of 25 per cent allocation of vaccines to the private sector," the letter said.

In view of the low presence of private health care sector in Odisha, it is requested that for the State of Odisha, the government: private vaccine allocation ratio of 75:25 may be revised to 95:5 ratio, keeping in mind the ground reality, the letter stated. 

Furthermore, the share of the private sector may be handed to the State government for subsequent mobilization and allocation to private hospitals, the letter added.