Senapati : Advocacy on Covid-19 Appropriate Behaviours and importance of Covid vaccination for 18 years and above was held at DC Conference Hall, DC Office, Senapati. The program was organised by 47-Karong AC Covid Management and Enforcement Committee in collaboration with the Poumai Naga Union (PNU) and other apex bodies of the Poumai Naga Tribe.
Mahesh Chaudhari, DC, Senapati in his address stated that the vaccination rate in the whole district stood at 23,994 at the rate of 15.50%. The Poumai Naga tribe is one of the biggest tribes in the district where the vaccination rate stands low and the need to have a joint interaction with all apex civil bodies was felt to organise such a program, he said.
The DC stressed on the need for vaccination to save lives although it is not compulsion but a step to save humanity as there is apprehension of the arrival of the third wave worse than the previous ones. He mentioned that an 87 year-old man came and vaccinated recently and 4-5 pregnant women have also vaccinated in the district till date.
Dr. Peter Ngouniba, District Immunization Officer, highlighted the current rate of vaccination in the district although the percentage stands low with 15.50% the department is targetting 1,54,769 adults above 18 years for vaccination and aims to complete the mission before September 30, 2021.
Dr. Shyamjai, State Mission Director, NHM stated that the first cases of the second wave was recorded on April 7 this year with more than 10 new cases that marked the beginning of the second wave in the whole state. The second wave has reportedly changed its colour into a different one with a high number of fatalities. Some changes in colour of the virus were reportedly found from May, June and July with detection of delta variant as the test samples were sent to other states for testing which is very infectious than the previous one with high rate of fatality.
Vaccine is the only way one can save oneself from the virus, he mentioned. While urging all to follow the given SOPs, the Mission Director asked them to follow hand washing behaviour as it could become the transporting agent to transmit the disease. He asked all to wash hands with soap while at home and use sanitizers when one goes out.
D. Dailord Pao, President, Poumai Naga Union asserted that some wrong information must have been circulated on social media in the past which led many people to refrain from taking the vaccination. He assured that the CSOs are ready to extend all possible help in future to the district administration and the medical department in the fight against Covid-19.
Asahrii Clement, President, Poumai Naga Students Union (PNTM) appreciated the initiatives taken up by the district administration till date and urged to carry out more awareness programs to people in the remotest villages of the district that need more medical attention.
Rev. P. James, Executive Secretary, Poumai Naga Baptist Association (PNBA) in his address stated that many asked him too if vaccination is related to religious belief in the past. The executive secretary also mentioned that the PNBS is also preparing a video clip to give awareness to the people about vaccination.
M. Pradip Singh, SP, Senapati in his address urged all people of the district not to upload unnecessary and unfounded circulation on social media to avoid any unwanted incident to happen. The district Police also sought cooperation of all the public in maintaining law and order in the district.
Dr. D. Apao, Surveillance Medical Officer (WHO) stated that district administration and the health team had tried a lot to convince the people for vaccination but it was not fruitful although his team had visited almost all the villages in the district. The doctor stated that the vaccine was approved for vaccination on humans after many trials. The doctor then asked the gathering “Are we convinced ourselves so as to convince others?” The vaccination is stated to benefit the general public to contain the spread of the virus and not mainly for government employees, he mentioned.
P.P. Ronald, SDO, Purul who is also the Convenor of the 47-Karong AC Covid Management and Enforcement Committee urged people to join hands together with the health department to cover the whole area in Poumai Naga areas. The SDO also acknowledged the invaluable contributions in various capacities in the past and also sought for active participation even in future.
The program was attended by ADC, Senapati, SDOs of Song Song, Phaibung, other federating units of the PNU, PNBA, MOs in charge of Oinam Hill PHC and Paomata.