Mansukh Mandaviya meets state, UT health ministers on ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ vaccination drive
New Delhi, Nov 11: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had meeting with health ministers of all states and union territories in New Delhi on Thursday to take forward the campaign of 'Har Ghar Dastak' to ensure vaccination of all adults.
Speaking at the meet, Mandaviya said, "Let us ensure collectively through collaborative and multi-stakeholder efforts that no eligible citizen is left without the 'Suraksha Kawachh' of COVID 19 vaccine in the country. Let us reach each corner and household across the country and motivate people to take both the doses under Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji's Har Ghar Dastak campaign".
Veena George (Kerala), Dr Dhan Singh Rawat (Uttarakhand), Shri Banna Gupta (Jharkhand), Dr Lalthangliana (Mizoram), Shri Mangal Pandey(Bihar), Dr K Sudhakar (Karnataka), Shri Rajesh Tope (Maharashtra), Dr Prabhuram Choudhary (Madhya Pradesh), Shri Jai Pratap Singh (Uttar Pradesh), Shri Ma Subramanian (Tamil Nadu), Shri Vishwajit Rane (Goa), Shri Rushikesh Ganeshbhai Patel (Gujarat), Shri Keshab Mahanta (Assam) and Shri Satyendar Jain (Delhi) were present at the meeting along with Principal Secretaries/ Additional Chief Secretaries/ Mission Director (NHM) of all states.
The Union Minister said that 79% of the adult population has already got the 1st dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and 38% of the eligible population has received the second dose. Noting that more than 12 crore beneficiaries are due for their 2nd dose of COVID19 vaccine, he urged the state health ministers to ensure that all the adult population is covered with the first doses during the ongoing 'Har Ghar Dastak' campaign, while those who are due for the second doses are also motivated to take the second dose.
The Union Health Minister reiterated Prime Minister's mop-up strategies for strengthening the 'Har Ghar Dastak' campaign including deploying 'Prachar Toli' in advance to villages which would ensure mobilisation and counselling of the eligible population along with awareness campaigns, followed by the 'Vaccination Toli' who would ensure that all eligible citizens are vaccinated with the first and second dose, the press release from the Health Ministry said.
The Union Government has urged the states to adopt a strategy of multiple vaccination teams (50-100) to ensure 100% coverage in the targeted area in a time-bound manner; development of a ranking mechanism for identifying and felicitating the vaccination teams (District and Block) which administer the maximum number of vaccine doses every 24 hours for motivated progress of COVID 19 vaccination; utilizing local weekly Bazaars and Haats for creating awareness and providing vaccination services; collaborating with local religious and community leaders; roping in CSOs, NGOs, NSS, NYK etc., for motivating the unvaccinated in the village/urban areas; multimedia IEC awareness campaigns to effectively counter anti-vaccine rumours, and emulating innovative approaches and practices followed by high coverage districts within the States/UTs for the adoption of similar strategies.
Noting that children can be the best ambassadors for behaviour change, he urged the States/UTs to rope in children for taking forward the message of full vaccination. "Let the children motivate their parents and the other family members to take both the vaccine doses", Dr Mansukh Mandaviya said during the review meeting.
He further suggested, "Let us start COVID vaccination centres at bus stations, railway stations etc., especially in large metros, as these are the primary points for a large number of people entering the city. Some states have started a 'Roko and Toko' campaign where the passengers alighting from buses, trains, rickshaws etc., are motivated to take the vaccine doses". He also suggested that each day of the 'Har Ghar Dastak' campaign can be dedicated to mobilisation and vaccination of different groups of beneficiaries. "One day can be dedicated for traders, hawkers, vendors, shopkeepers etc., which other days we can mobilise rickshaw pullers and auto drivers. One day can be dedicated to labourers and farmers", he added.
The Union Health Minister cautioned the states that Covid-19 was not over. "Cases are rising globally. In Singapore, Britain, Russia and China cases are rising again despite more than 80 per cent vaccination. Vaccination and COVID Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) should go hand in hand", he stressed. He further added that while vaccination reduces the severity of the disease, adherence to CAB is of utmost importance to ensure that the gains made collectively by the country so far are not frittered away and that we do not have any other surge of COVID19 cases.
Mandaviya observed that fight against COVID-19 is at the final stage: "The two weapons of Vaccination and CAB will be our greatest defence against it and we should not let our guard down before it is completely over." Terming Vaccination as 'Suraksha kawachh', he re-iterated the call of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, "Dawai bhi Kadai bhi!"