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Special Covid-19 vaccination drive held for persons with disabilities in Nagaland

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By Purnungba Longkumer Updated: Jun 25, 2021 5:18 pm
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Vaccination drive for PWDs to be conducted in all the districts

A healthcare worker administers Covid vaccine to one of the beneficiaries at District Hospital Dimapur on Friday. (EM Images)

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Dimapur, June 25 (EMN): Special Covid-19 vaccination day for persons with disabilities (PWDs) of Dimapur district was held at Chapel Hall, District Hospital Dimapur (now Covid hospital) on Friday.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) of Dimapur, H Atokhe Aye said during the special vaccination drive that the exercise for PWDs would be conducted in all the districts of Nagaland.

He informed that those who could not avail the vaccine during Friday’s session could approach the medical department to arrange for vaccination.

Reminding that the mortality rate was very low during the first wave of coronavirus compared to the second wave this year, though people had suffered a lot, the official said that everyone must take precautionary measures and be prepared as no one knows when the third wave would hit.

Aye stated that the medical department and the district task force were doing their best to stop the virus from spreading. However, the most important role to play were the people, he said, adding that it is impossible to contain the virus if the citizens don’t follow SOP.

A healthcare worker administers Covid vaccine to one of the beneficiaries at District Hospital Dimapur on June Friday. (EM Images)

While speaking on the occasion, Chief Medical Officer of Dimapur, Dr. I Moatemjen said that many people lost their lives during the second wave of Covid-19 this year and majority of the victims were not vaccinated.

The CMO said that people have to be prepared for the ‘third-wave eventualities’ and vaccination is the only alternative and remedy to fight the virus as no medicine has been developed till date.

The doctor urged the gathering to maintain standard operating procedure even after vaccination and advised the PWDs to spread the message to those people, who were unable to attend Friday’s vaccination, to contact the medical department for jabs.

General Secretary of Nagaland State Disability Forum (NSDF), Ashe Kiba also encouraged the PWDs to come forward and get vaccinated, saying that she would feel more protected from the virus after the vaccination.

Kiba said that the PWDs did not want special attention but acknowledged the medical department for organising a special session for them, as persons with disabilities were usually sidelined.

As many as 60 beneficiaries registered for vaccination during the special drive and Kiba was the first person to get the jab on Friday.

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By Purnungba Longkumer Updated: Jun 25, 2021 5:18:59 pm