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Provincial governments prepare to administer the first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine

 Executives from the country's seven provinces will implement Covid-19 vaccination campaigns in most districts on Wednesday. The provinces received Covid-19 vaccines developed by the University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and produced in India by the Serum Institute of India through the Federal Ministry of Health and Population with the help of grants from India.

Up to 96,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine destined for the 14 districts of province 1 arrived in Biratnagar, the provincial capital, on Monday. The vaccines are stored at the Biratnagar Province Health Supply Management Center. According to the Ministry of Social Development of Province 1, the vaccines were sent to the 14 districts on the same Monday with the aim of starting the vaccination campaign on Wednesday.

According to Sagar Prasai, head of the health division of the Ministry of Social Development, preparations have been made to vaccinate 35,576 people in the first phase.

Provincial governments prepare to administer the first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine

"In the first phase, we received more than the 71,152 required vaccinations. The provincial government has not decided who will receive the remaining vaccines," Prasai said.

Provincial authorities plan to administer the Covid-19 vaccine to front-line workers such as healthcare workers, sanitation workers, ambulance drivers, security personnel, and those deployed to handle the bodies of people who died from Covid-19 in the first phase.

Up to 7,600 vials - 76,000 doses - of the vaccine arrived in Hetauda, ​​the headquarters of Bagmati province, on Sunday. The vaccines have been stored in the supply center of the province under the provincial Ministry of Social Development in the Sub-metropolitan City of Hetauda-1.

"We plan to start administering the vaccine from January 27. The vaccination campaign will begin in all 13 districts of the province simultaneously. Preparations are underway to designate inoculation centers," said Dr. Purushottam Sedhain, spokesman for the Ministry of Social Development.

The Bagmati government plans to administer the vaccine from district hospitals and health centers that depend on the provincial government. It has formed a committee headed by Dipak Kafle, secretary of the Ministry of Social Development, to designate vaccination centers and mobilize health workers.

"Ten to 20 health workers will be deployed to each vaccination center, depending on the number of people who will receive the vaccine," Sedhain said, adding that a total of 66,461 doses will be administered in the first phase in Bagmati province. . According to him, beneficiaries will receive their second dose of the vaccine after one month.

Vaccines stored in Hetauda will be distributed to Makwanpur, Chitwan and Sindhuli districts of Bagmati province and to Bara, Parsa, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Mahottari and Dhanusha districts of province 2.

"The Covid-19 vaccine will also be provided to six districts in Province 2 without storage facilities. We will soon ship the vaccine there," Sedhain said. According to him, the federal government will provide the vaccine to 10 other districts of Bagmati province in coordination with the provincial government.

On Monday, a meeting of the Corona Provincial Crisis Management Committee in Province 2, led by Lalbabu Raut, the province's chief minister, decided to start the vaccination campaign from the hospitals located at the district headquarters.

Bijaya Jha, provincial health director, said Province 2 has received 34,000 vials so far to carry out the vaccination campaign.

"The vials will be sent to the district stores within Tuesday. The government of province 2 had demanded 180,000 vials, but only 34,000 were received in the first phase," he said.

According to the provincial government, 33,600 health workers and 1,204 sanitation workers will be vaccinated in the first phase.

In Gandaki, a total of 40,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine arrived in Pokhara on Sunday. According to Khim Bahadur Khadka, director of the province's health supply management center, the vaccines were supplied to Syangja, Parbat, Baglung and Myagdi districts on Monday. "We will supply the vaccines to all the districts of the province on Tuesday," Khadka said.

The Gandaki province government has shortlisted 17,396 front-line workers for the administration of the vaccine in the first phase.

"Ten health workers have received training for the Covid-19 vaccination campaign in Pokhara, Kaski. 10 different districts will be mobilized. The trained workers will provide training to other health workers in the districts," said Dr. Binodbindu Sharma, director in the Provincial Health Directorate.

Similarly, a total of 88,690 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine destined for the 12 districts of Lumbini province arrived in Butwal on Sunday evening. The provincial health authority plans to administer the vaccine to 39,495 people in the first phase starting Wednesday.

"We received the vaccine around midnight on Sunday. We are preparing to ship the vaccine to all districts on Tuesday," Dinesh Kumar Chapagain, director of the Province's Health Supply Management Center, said Monday.

"The Ministry of Social Development held on Monday a virtual meeting with the heads of the district health offices, medical superintendents of district hospitals, immunization officers and supervisors of all districts for the necessary management and preparation of the vaccination campaign" said Dr. Pushparaj Paudel. , the ministry information officer.

In Karnali province, the Provincial Health Directorate is starting the vaccination campaign starting on Wednesday. Rabin Khadka, director of the Provincial Health Directorate, said: "So far we have received around 24,000 doses of the vaccine. The vaccine will be shipped to Humla, Jumla, Mugu and Dolpa by air from Nepalgunj. The remaining districts will receive the vaccine. . by the road ".

The Sudurpaschim provincial government has already completed preparations to start the vaccination campaign in all districts as of Wednesday. A total of 35,170 doses were shipped from Kathmandu and are expected to arrive in Dhangadhi on Monday evening.

"The campaign will start from Kailali and Kanchanpur on Wednesday. We will reach the mountain districts by January 31," said Narendra Karki, head of the Health Division of the Ministry of Social Development in Sudurpaschim. The provincial government plans to vaccinate more than 1,600 people in the province in the first phase, he said.

The vaccination will be carried out in 10 hospitals in Sudurpaschim. Health workers, sanitation workers, ambulance drivers and other medical personnel involved in treating Covid-19 patients will be vaccinated in the first phase.

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