Dr. Ritu Thurr addressing the multi-stakeholder meeting at the state level on the M-RITE project in Kohima on July 30. (Morung Photo)
State Level – Multi-Stakeholder Meeting Focuses on Improving Coverage
Kohima | July 30
Nagaland recorded low COVID-19 vaccination coverage with 67% in the 18+ category as of 1:30 a.m. on July 30.
In this category of vaccination, a total of 8,35,581 people received the first dose recording a coverage of 67% while 6,78,869 received the 2nd dose (54%).
Updating the current status of COVID vaccination in Nagaland, Dr. Ritu Thurr, State Immunization Officer (SIO), said that vaccination is the only solution, at present, to put a end to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at the State Level Multi-Stakeholder Meeting on the MOMENTUM-Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity (M-RITE) Project, John Snow India (JSI) here at the Crescent International Hotel, Dr Thurr disclosed that Under vaccination coverage for 15 to 17 years, 71,541 received the first dose (50.38%) while 45,967 took the 2nd dose (32.37%).
For 12-14 year olds, Nagaland recorded coverage of 23,428 (25%) for the 1st dose and the 2nd dose at 17,376 (19%).
Under the cover of Amrit Mahotsav, a total of 9,503 people were covered by 417 camps held from 15 to 29 July.
Dr. Thurr said there are many reasons for not reaching the desired level in the state.
We have a very poor performance in administering the 2nd dose, he said, while calling “whoever is due” to come forward and receive the 2nd dose.
“The COVID pandemic is not over yet”
Furthermore, Dr. Thurr pointed out that the COVID vaccination and the war on COVID is not over yet, adding that daily positive cases are increasing in the state.
To date, nothing replaces vaccination; he said, adding that vaccination against COVID reduces morbidity and mortality.
Stating that Nagaland still has the lowest COVID vaccination coverage in the country, he sought support from NGOs to improve the situation. Other states have already reached 80% and above, but Nagaland is still struggling with 67%, he said. “Before we celebrate Christmas, let’s get to 85% so we can move proudly,” he said.
Once we have been vaccinated, we will be free from infection; he said and reminded people to understand the importance of vaccination to protect themselves and the community.
Bring vaccines to the community
Talking about the scaling up of government vaccination program against COVID-19 in Meghalaya and Nagaland states, M-RITE Team Leader, ISRN, Dr. Richa Sharma informed that a total of 16.72 lakh doses were administered in Nagaland, including 40,804 children between 12 and 14 years old. years before July 29, 2022.
She informed that with the start of vaccination for the new age cohorts of 12-14 and 15-17, ISRN in the states of Meghalaya and Nagaland is focusing on target populations of the age group 12-14 and 15-17. ages 12 to 18 with the involvement of public education and district education departments, adding that the expansion of the same strategy would be supported by the existing coalition with the State Department and state officials. other districts.
Dr. Sharma said ISRN’s presence in the states will also help reach the over-18 population.
She said ISRN’s objective towards the M-RITE project is to support and amplify government efforts to successfully vaccinate eligible populations in selected districts of Meghalaya and Nagaland.
It aims to support state and district health departments in micro-planning and rapid scale-up of immunization programs to achieve maximum coverage, and to vaccinate all targeted eligible unvaccinated beneficiaries in assigned districts in areas intervention. Along with this, it aims to stimulate demand generation and community mobilization activities for the uptake of COVID 19 vaccination and ensure equitable distribution and focus on last mile reach for the population of over 12, including high priority groups and excluded target populations.
This state-level multi-stakeholder meeting was organized by the Indian Social Accountability Network (ISRN) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Nagaland under the theme “To Amplify COVID-19 Vaccination of the government through the M-RITE project”.
ISRN is a national-level NGO, working in the field of vaccination programs against COVID-19.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported M-RITE and partnered with ISRN to expedite vaccinations.
Earlier, the keynote address was delivered by Egum Nsarangbe, SPM, JSI, while Martha Dukru, State Coordinator for ISRN kicked off the panel discussion.
The program was chaired by Roseline, Head of Communications, JSI, while the vote of thanks was offered by Kawang Lowang, M&E, JSI.