Nagaland vaccine wastage
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Kohima: Amid the ongoing vaccine crisis in India, Nagaland has reported a rate of 5.6% vaccine wastage, the state government informed.

State Immunization Officer (SIO) Dr Ritu Thurr said that the wastage factor for Nagaland is “not much” in comparison to the national wastage average of 6.5%. Vaccine wastage is the sum of vaccines discarded, lost, damaged or destroyed.

Around 9% of the state’s total population has received the vaccination as of Wednesday. This includes 58 per cent of the healthcare workers, 68 per cent of the frontline workers, and 15 per cent of people above the age of 45 years.

Principal Director of Health and family welfare, Dr Kevichusa Medikhru said the state received one lakh doses of Covishield on Monday. Due to the shortage of vaccine supply, he said that the government is taking measures to ensure that people who received the first dose of vaccines receive the second dose on priority.

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Administering of the first dose of vaccines, although not stopped, is disrupted due to the shortage of supply. He informed that the department has asked for three lakh vaccines but received only one lakh so far. However, new consignments could reach the state after two weeks.

The health official also shared that people were initially apprehensive to receive the vaccination. In the past weeks, the state has been witnessing an increase in the rate of vaccination. As per the general observation made by the state’s health department, the vaccine is having “a good effect” on people who have been inoculated, as the number of positive cases below 45 years has seen a spike.

Samples of COVID-19 positive cases have also been sent to Kolkata for genome sequencing on Monday and the result is likely to be declared in about 15-20 days.

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The state will be receiving equipment under PM CARES, for setting up three oxygen plants in Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung. Besides these, 8 oxygen plants will also be set up under the UNICEF and the UNDP for which the equipment expected to reach the state by May 15, health officials informed.

The principal director informed that through the World Health Organisation (WHO), two makeshift hospitals each in Kohima and Dimapur will also be arranged.

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