All citizens in Arunachal Pradesh aged 45 years and above, whether having any comorbidity or not, would now be eligible to get the Covid-19 vaccine shot from April 01.

This was on Friday informed by Itanagar Capital Region (ICR) district medical officer Dr M Perme who appealed to all concerned to come forward and get themselves vaccinated.

Addressing the district task force (DTF) meeting of the ICR on Covid-19 vaccination and Routine Immunization at the mini secretariat here, Dr Perme stressed on the need to spread proper awareness on the vaccination process, especially among the rumor mongers.

The DMO also termed Routine Immunization as one of the most important aspects of the health sector which comes under maternal health and childcare programme.

He further directed his team to ensure that all relevant data is collected within the timeline and as per guidelines.

UNDP state project officer Dr Deepak Mili informed that a total of 6894 persons have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the ICR to date while the total count of the state stands at 83071.

He also urged all present to spread more awareness regarding the vaccination drive at their respective levels.

District Reproductive and Child Health Officer Dr T Mize briefed the house on the status of Routine Immunization in the ICR and other activities carried out in this regard.

Naharlagun child development project officer Ponung Moyong informed that regular immunization is being carried out by the department of women and child development in collaboration with the health department in all the Anganwadi Centres of the ICR from time to time.

Naharlagun extra assistant commissioner Likha Radh called for a collaborative effort from all stakeholders for the success of the two programmes and assured all support from the district administration’s end. Among others, Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences chief medical superintendent Dr Hage Ambing and other members of the DTF attended the meeting.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com