Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan addressing the core group meeting virtually from his residence on Monday.
Staff Reporter :
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan informed that free vaccination for people from the age group of 18 to 44 years of age will start from May 5. Purchase orders have been issued to both vaccine manufacturers keeping in view the potential requirement of 5.29 crore doses for vaccination. Possibilities for import are also being examined for the earliest supply of dosages for vaccination. He said that vaccination of those above 45 years will continue as before. He was addressing a meeting of COVID Core Group from his residence through video conferencing on Monday. The Chief Minister said that effective monitoring of home isolation system should be ensured in rural areas. Panchayat Rural Development, Forest, Health Department staff and local public representatives should co-ordinate and ensure best arrangements.
In absence of proper arrangements for isolation at home, infected person should be transferred to COVID Care Centre. Vehicles can also be arranged if required. He stressed the need to ensure implementation of health related tests at prescribed rates. He said that strict action should be taken in cases of tests being conducted at higher than prescribed rates. It was informed in meeting that as many as 14,088 oxygen beds are available in government hospitals in state. Of these, 11,91 are occupied.
Out of 10,837 oxygen beds in private sector, 9,390 beds are full. About 14,472 isolation beds and 1,375 oxygen beds are available in Government COVID Care Centres and 621 isolation and 68 oxygen beds are available in private sector COVID Centres. Nearly 28 per cent isolation beds and 61 per cent oxygen beds in Government COVID Care Centre are full. In the COVID Care Centres of the private sector, 22 per cent isolation beds and 85 per cent oxygen beds are full.