Imphal: To enhance its Covid-19 vaccination coverage in rural pockets of Manipur, the State Health Society-National Health Mission (NHM) is set to implement Project ‘Swaraksha’ within this week. 

Dr N Shyamjai, State Mission Director, NHM-Manipur, said the vaccination rate in rural pockets of Manipur, especially hilly areas, are comparative low and the project will enhance the coverage.

The State Health Society has already initiated a capacity building measure wherein they have roped in nearly 40 volunteers to mobilised people and refer for vaccination.

Dr Shyamjai said under the Project Swaraksha, any local volunteer who makes a referral to vaccinate any un-vaccinated individual will be paid Rs 50 for each person referred for vaccination. 

The project is funded by Crypto Relief and is implemented in partnership with USAID-Nishtha, Jhpieggo with Digital support from Anaxee.

In the North East, Manipur is the second state to implement Project Swaraksha after Meghalaya. It is a countrywide campaign aimed to solve ‘Vaccine Hesitancy’ in rural India.

So far, from the identified eligible population of 19 lakh, a total of 16,89,917 individuals have been vaccinated of which have 12,215, 77 received their first jabs and 4,68,360 have received their second dose. 

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