COVID-19 vaccination launched in South Sikkim

Bikash Chettri

Namchi, 19 Jan:

COVID-19 vaccination began in South Sikkim today with 84 health workers of District Hospital Namchi receiving the Covishield vaccine. The vaccination began in the Tuberculosis ward of the District Hospital with the slogan 'When we are safe, nation is safe'.

While the target was to vaccinate 100 health workers on the first day, 84 were vaccinated. On the second day of the vaccination on 20 Jan, the aim is to cover 100 health workers.

Health workers of District Hospital, Namchi including paramedics, ASHA workers and anganwadi workers were vaccinated today.

The chief guest for the launch of COVID-19 vaccination in South Sikkim was South District Zilla Adhakshya, Tshering Dem Bhutia, while the guest of honor was SKM area in-charge, Ganesh Rai, and DC South, M Bharani was present as the special guest.

Before the vaccination began, District Reproductive and Child Health Officer, Dr. Junita Yonzone addressed the registered vaccine beneficiaries in the conference hall of TB ward of Namchi Hospital. She talked about the 'three room concept' wherein she informed about the waiting room before the vaccination, vaccination room, and the observation room where the vaccinated medical personnel would wait for half an hour after the vaccination.

The record of registered medical staff and their vaccination process will be uploaded on the COWIN portal, an online database for the program. The health officials informed that 100 more beneficiaries will receive the vaccination on 20 Jan, for which a five-member medical core team has been constituted.

The vaccination team today had senior auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM), Durga Deni Gurung, multipurpose health worker (MPHW) of NDH, Hissey D Sherpa, and ANM, Aruna Rai. The observation room had DHEO, Tenzing Chettri and Sanjay Rai. The waiting room had PHNO, Bijay Laxmi Rai and Jayanti Sharma. While in the entrance were security guards, Naren Pradhan and Hem Kumar Pradhan for the verification of beneficiaries.

Observers from the World Health Organization, Dr. Hiral Raval from Consultant Health Emergencies, New Delhi was also present to support and monitor the program today.