Gangtok: Sikkim has been conducting a Vaccination drive in Old Govt hospital in different places including Sikkim University hall in Gangtok.
As far as the rural areas and other Districts are concerned they too have been provided vaccines free of cost. But, the Central Referral Hospital Manipal charges are up to the satisfaction of many and of course State Govt 2,38,697 persons have been administered Coronavirus preventing Vaccine.
Those who have received the Jab include Frontline workers, those 60+ and 45 and above. Out of 4 Districts in Sikkim, East which includes the Capital Gangtok, has 1,21,155 vaccinated, with 92375 first dose,28780 2nd dose till now, West –boasts of 46927 persons vaccinated, 35200 first dose, 11727-second dose, South has vaccinated 55241, the first dose has been administered to 40653, second 14588, while the North has 15374 vaccinated,10884 first dose and 4540-second dose. Earlier the beneficiaries were asked to take a second dose after 28 days, subsequently, the gap between the first and second dose is presently 12 to 16 weeks as per the Central Govt’s Instructions.
The State observed ‘Teeka Utsav’, the Vaccination festival started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also religiously to speed up the Vaccination drive.
The present and prospective beneficiaries have been repeatedly advised by Chief Minister PS Tamang and State Health authorities to follow the Coronavirus protocol strictly to save themselves from any complication, even after taking the Jab. Chief Minister Tamang with all his Cabinet colleagues having displayed political will to fight Pandemic, has been ordering lockdowns, excluding medicine shops. At present ration and vegetable shops have been opening from 8 to 11, this is likely to continue. Offices are closed, but accountants are visiting to prepare salary and pension bills.
State with only a huge new hospital building, 2 ICU Units, looking forward to equipment, now boasts of many 19 ICUs and 400 beds with civil works for the Oxygen plant going on.
‘We want to do all possible to ensure treatment of our patients here ,in the State,so that they don’t have to take the trouble of going elsewhere,’ says Chief Minister PS Tamang.