The Odisha Government is all set to start Covid-19 vaccination of pregnant woman in the State shortly following a new set of guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry, stated Health Director Bijay Mohapatra.
“We have been directed to carry out the vaccination of pregnant woman and the drive will start shortly in the State,” said Mohapatra adding that Covid-19 cases are in surge in B category districts due to uncontrolled movement.
“The virus is getting the right kind of environment in those districts for transmission. To strike a balance between life and profession, the government has allowed relaxations in some parts of the State. But people shouldn’t get complacent. They should strictly adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines to keep the infection under control,” said Mohapatra.
“Emphasis is being given to intensive surveillance and contract tracing. Hopefully, the number of cases will dip further from mid July,” said Mohapatra.
Currently, as many as 500 Covid patients are on ventilators and 2,000 patients are undergoing treatment in intensive care units. This is the reason for more number of daily fatalities in the State. The number of deaths will reduce gradually, said Mohapatra.
He was also of the opinion that the State health department is falling short of the inoculation target due to shortage of vaccines.
“The vaccination drive has been stopped in 16 districts due to shortage of vaccines. Only 49,000 doses of vaccines could be administered in the State yesterday. Around 19,000 Covishield and over 3 lakh Covaxin vaccines are currently available in the State. We will get around 1 lakh Covishield vaccines today which is not enough to continue the current drive,” said Mohapatra adding that the Odisha Government has set a target to finish the vaccination drive in the State before the onset of the third wave.