Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Wednesday that the “Har Ghar Dastak” campaign would be launched within the next month for door-to-door vaccination against COVID-19 in poorly performing districts to to inspire and motivate people towards a full vaccination against the deadly infection.
“No district should be without full vaccination,” he said at a national review meeting with health ministers from various states and Union Territories (UTs), according to a ministry statement. of Health.
“The Har Ghar Dastak campaign will soon start in poor performing districts to excite and motivate people towards full Covid vaccination. Let’s aim to cover all eligible with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of November 2021” , did he declare.
Mr Mandaviya suggested that the States / UT launch the campaign on November 2 on the occasion of Dhanwantri Jayanti.
About 48 districts have been identified where first dose coverage among eligible beneficiaries is less than 50%.
Stressing the need to speed up the pace and coverage of immunization, he said there are more than 10.34 million people in the country who have not taken the second dose after the expiration of the prescribed interval.
The health minister also said adequate vaccine doses are available in the country and more than 12 crore of untreated doses are available with the States / UT for administration.
State health ministers have been urged to ensure continuous monitoring of the progress of the national COVID-19 vaccination program.
Mr Mandaviya urged states / UTs to develop regional and local plans with all stakeholders to reduce the number of people overdue for immunization. He also urged innovative strategies to encourage them to meet their goals of reviewing the planning and execution of district plans for coverage of second-dose beneficiaries, available on the CoWIN portal, the statement said.
Union Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar was also present at the meeting.
The State Health Ministers / UTs who attended the meeting were Alo Libang (Arunachal Pradesh), Keshab Mahanta (Assam), Mangal Pandey (Bihar), TS Singhdeo (Chhattisgarh), Satyendra Jain (Delhi), Rushikesh Patel ( Gujarat), Dr Narrotam Mishra (Minister of Interior Madhya Pradesh), Dr Mani Kumar Sharma (Sikkim), MA Subramanian (Tamil Nadu), Jai Pratap Singh (Uttar Pradesh), Dhan Singh Rawat (Uttarakhand), Dr Subhash Garg (Rajasthan) and Banna Gupta (Jharkhand).
Representatives of the State as well as Directors of Mission (NHM) from other States / TUs were also present.
Mr Mandaviya highlighted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision guiding PM Ayushman Bharat’s (PM-BHIM) health infrastructure mission recently launched.
“COVID-19 has given us the opportunity to analyze the gaps in our existing health infrastructure. We have also learned that in a federal democracy, the Center and the states working in synchronized collaborative mode can take important steps,” said he declared.
The Union Health Minister also called on state health ministers to ensure that ECRP-II implementation plans and timetables are reviewed for the timely completion of initiatives. and proposed programs, according to the press release.
Speaking about the Indian philosophy of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”, Mr Mandaviya said the pharmaceutical sector in the country adheres to this philosophy by reaching out to people with new cost-effective treatments and vaccines.
“India provided essential medicines to the world during the first wave of COVID-19. The world returned the favor and helped India during the second wave,” he said.
Praising the efforts of Indian scientists and researchers, he said there was no shortage of brains and manpower in India.
“India is rightly called the ‘pharmacy of the world’ because of its quality drugs. time since January 16, “he said. declared.
The Union Minister further urged state health ministers to ensure the country’s goals for tuberculosis elimination, AIDS control and treatment and other non-HIV-related programs. COVID remain well targeted.
He also assured them that the Center will provide all its support and assistance to States / UTs in health matters.
“In a federal democracy, the Center and the States form a collaborative platform. We must work as a team to ensure Swastha Bharat, Samruddh Bharat, ”he added.
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