23 percent health workers in Meghalaya vaccinated for COVID-19

Shillong, Feb 8: The Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War on Monday, informed that till date 7600 health workers of the total 33, 185 has been vaccinated for COVID-19.

Dr. War informed that this comes to about 23 percent even as he informed that in the first phase 16000 of the health workers will be vaccinated.

The Director of Health Services (MI) inferred that the low turn out of health workers maybe due to rumours flying about the vaccine which is untrue.

“There is no such side effect and we know that this is going to be beneficial to us,” Dr. War said.

He appealed to all the health workers across the state to take advantage of what has been offered lest in later days and months to come the health workers may regret for not taking the vaccine.

Dr. War also informed that the Director of Health Services (Research) H. C. Lyndem, Mission Director National Health Mission Ram Kumar, and he himself have been vaccinated.

Dr. War informed that he expects that all the 16000 health workers will be vaccinated by the third week of February.

He also said that due to the paucity of vaccine the world over including the country, the centre has given the state around 35000 doses which will cover around 16000 health workers in the first phase.

Meanwhile, the state on Monday recorded one more COVID-19 death taking the number of fatalities to 148.

Dr. War informed that the victim is a one month old baby girl of Jyntah Village, East Khasi Hills district.

The deceased was admitted in Ganesh Das Govt Maternal and Child Health Hospital on February 5 and both baby and mother tested positive.

The baby expired on February 7 at 4:15am.

The state also recorded one fresh COVID-19 case and three recovered from the virus.

The total number of persons tested for COVID-19 till date is 3,46,146 out of which 3,32,260 tested negative.

The number of persons tests conducted on February 8 is 850 and the number of persons who entered Meghalaya after restrictions on travelling were eased is 90,097.

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