Poonch district braces up for vaccination of 18-44 Age-Group

DC reviews preparedness of departments; seeks action against elements spreading rumours

POONCH: Deputy Commissioner Poonch, Inder Jeet today reviewed the preparedness for the launch of vaccination drive for 18-44 age group here at a meeting.
He also directed health authorities to achieve 100% vaccination of 45+ category in one week. The DC asked the enforcement agencies to take stringent action against those inhibiting vaccination drive and stop the benefits of welfare schemes to those refusing vaccination.
He said the Block ASHA Coordinators, ICDS Supervisors and Sectoral Medical Officers shall be held accountability for any delay in achieving the vaccination targets.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Ghulam Ahmed, Chief Medical Officer; Dr Mohd Tanwir PO, ICDS Poonch; Zamood Ahmed, Nodal officer Covid 19; Manjeet Singh, District Information Officer; Poonch, Dr. Rahul Medical Nodal Officer Covid 19; Sectoral Medical officers, Block ASHA Coordinators, ICDS Supervisors besides other concerned officers.
The DC had one to one interaction with all the field level workers involved in the vaccination process and listened to the difficulties being faced by them in the field.
Before the launch of the vaccination drive for the 18-44 Age Group, the DC enquired about the preparedness for the same and asked the health department to utilize the experiences gained during the ongoing 45+ category Vaccination drive.
The DC further said that the mainstay for maximizing the vaccination percentage is the collective efforts of ASHA workers, Anganwadi workers, Booth Level officers (BLOs) and secretary Panchayat/ VLW as they have direct contact with each household.
Expressing concern over non-reporting of the incident where an Anganwadi worker got her leg fractured while on vaccination duty, the DC directed that all the expenditure on her treatment would be borne by District Administration. He directed to report all such incidents to the District Administration in future.
He also said that the district administration will felicitate persons who have done extraordinary work during Covid duty with appreciation certificates. He directed the concerned departments to identify and recommend the names of 5 persons per block.
Addressing a complaint from an ICDS Supervisor regarding availability of insufficient Covid19 protective gears, the DC directed the CMO to either provide sufficient number of such protective gears or funds would be released to concerned CDPOs and BMO for purchase of the same.
The Deputy Commissioner further instructed to prepare the duty roster for ASHA/Anganwadi Workers so that equal work is allocated among all of them. He also asked to prepare a back up list of the employees for vaccination duty in case of any emergency. The DC further asked the concerned to publish the IEC material in local languages and distribute the same so as to spread awareness among people regarding Vaccination and covid 19 appropriate behavior.
Further it was decided in the meeting that data available with Booth Level Officers (BLOs) would be utilized for the vaccination of 18-45 + category.

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