Monitoring of Vaccine Centres in Salyan, Rukum West and Humla
According to the District Representative of Rukum West Manisha KC, Vaccination against COVID-19, for the citizens and teachers above 55 years of age, has started on July 28, 2021.
Kali Gharti, a 56-year-old local, complained that they were at greater risk because of the overcrowding in the vaccination center. She said that they had to wait in queue for a long time due to poor management of the vaccination centre and also because of favourism.
Citizens have complained that the vaccination centre in Musikot Municipality is overcrowded and people from outside the target group are being vaccinated. Vaccine Supervisor Sushma Khadka informed INSEC that the problem was caused because the citizens disobeyed their request to stay in a proper line maintaining the public health protocol.
Timuni Devi Khatri, 67, lamented that previously she had to return without the vaccination because of the insufficient supply of vaccines, and this time too she had to wait in queue for a long time to get vaccinated. Many people had returned without getting vaccinated because their turn didn’t come due to the crowd.
According to District Representative of Salyan, Meena Budhathoki, Mahesh Kumar Basnet, a resident of Dandagaun in Sarada Municipality-2, complained that they were not able to get their turn for vaccination even after waiting for a really long time. He told that even people with disabilities had to wait in line while those with internal links were vaccinated immediately.
Deuki KC, 59, told INSEC that the target group were citizens above 55 years of age, teachers, employees, transportation owners, and others who missed the vaccination campaign previously. But people with internal links are also getting the vaccines while those waiting in line for the entire day were vaccinated only in the evening.
Dinesh Chand, Vaccination Officer of Ward No. 2, told that those who came to the centre for vaccination did not experience any problem in their health but their turn might have been delayed due to overcrowding.
Chief of the Health Service Office, Salyan, Dasharath Kumar Shrestha informed that 7,240 doses of Vero Cell vaccines have been received in the district. According to him, on July 28, the vaccination campaign was conducted at Sharada Municipality, Chhatreshwari Rural Municipality, Triveni Rural Municipality, and Kapurkot Rural Municipality. The remaining other local levels will conduct the campaign on July 29.
According to the District Representative of Humla, Nanda Singh, 7,173 people in Humla have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Man Bahadur Rokaya, Cold Chain Assistant at District Hospital Humla said, in the first phase of vaccination, 3,771 people including senior citizens and people with disabilities were vaccinated by Coveshield but now they have not received its second dose. Similarly, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and people belonging to the target group have not been able to get vaccinated on time due to unfavorable weather conditions and lack of adequate resources in the village.
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