Khammam: Around 96 per cent of eligible population in Khammam district have received the first dose of Covid vaccine, District Collector VP Gautham said on Monday.
Likewise, nearly 53 percent of the population received the vaccine second dose. The Collector directed health officials to speed up Covid vaccination and see that all eligible persons in the district were vaccinated by the end of December.
Gautham held a video conference with PHC health officers, MPDOs and Mandal Special Officers on Monday. He advised them to adopt a comprehensive action plan to administer second dose Covid vaccine to about 2.20 lakh persons and first dose to around 50, 000 people.
In view of reports of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus spreading across the world, vaccination was the only way to protect people. Camps have to be conducted in the morning and evening at public places like markets, malls, rythu bazaars, parks and others to administer the vaccine, he said.
Awareness has to be created at village level by Angwadi and Asha workers, village secretaries and mandel level officials by involving local bodies’ elected members to achieve the vaccination target, Gautham noted.
He wanted around 15,000 persons vaccinated every day in the district while about four to five thousand people should be vaccinated in urban areas. Special camps should be held at Rythu Vedikas where farmers’ meetings were being conducted.
Later in the day, Gautham made a surprise inspection at the boy’s tribal hostel in Khammam. In his interaction with the students he enquired whether they were served food as per the menu. He told officials to serve eggs every day and meat twice in a month to the students.
The Collector directed District Tribal Welfare Officer Krishna Naik to take steps for setting up sports facilities at the hostel. He also told the officer to ensure tribal welfare building construction would be completed by December end.
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