Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister Veena George has directed to vaccinate as many people as possible in view of the increasing number of covid in the state. The minister said the aim was to give the first dose of the vaccine to everyone over the age of 18 by the end of September. To this end, vaccination plans should be prepared in the districts and the vaccination drive should be strengthened. The Minister also directed that special care be taken to avoid any delay in the distribution of vaccines.
The shortage of syringes is also being addressed. The Center has said that 1.11 crore doses of vaccine will be given to the state. The minister said more vaccines should be made available as soon as possible. The minister made the remarks at an emergency meeting of the health department to assess preparations for coping with the increasing number of Kovid patients.
The Minister lauded the health workers for their dedicated service to Kovid prevention for over a year and a half. There are indications that the number of Kovid patients is likely to increase again after Onam. Therefore, hospitals must be equipped to deal with any situation. Although the severity of the disease is declining, care should be taken to minimize the mortality rate. Those with home isolation should make sure they follow the guidelines exactly. Patients with serious illness at home isolation should be identified and expert treatment ensured.
The Minister directed to maximize the Kovid inspection. If any of the participants in a public event become ill, the entire family should be examined. Kovid examination is mandatory for those with symptoms and contact. Do not self-medicate.
The meeting assessed the arrangements to be made in the hospitals ahead of the third wave. In anticipation of the increase in the number of Kovid patients, each district is setting up hospital beds, oxygen beds, ICUs and ventilators. Pediatric wards and ICUs will be set up with special emphasis on pediatric treatment. Oxygen availability is guaranteed. Emphasis will also be placed on noncovid treatment.
Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Health, Dr. Dr. Asha Thomas, Principal Secretary; Rajan N. Dr. Khobragade, NHM State Mission Director; Ratan Khelkar, KMSCL MD Balamurali, Director, Department of Health, Director, Department of Health Education, Additional Directors, Deputy Directors, District Medical Officers, District Program Officers, District Surveillance Officers and RCH Officers were present at the meeting.
English Summary: First dose of Covid vaccine to be ensured to all above 18 before September end: Minister Veena George