GUWAHATI: Health and Family Welfare Minister Keshab Mahanta said on Saturday that the Assam government has set a target to vaccinate the entire population of Kamrup Metropolitan District, which includes the state’s largest city, Guwahati.
The vaccination drive on mission mode would be carried out at the polling station level of the district, with field teams already starting the work of collecting data on non-vaccinated people, he said.
Addressing a press conference here, Mahant said that though the rate of new infections of COVID-19 in the state is decreasing, Kamrup metropolitan district remains a matter of concern. The district continued to report the highest incidence of new COVID-19 cases.
“Out of 708 new cases detected in the state on Friday, 164 were from Kamrup Metropolitan and the figure for the district may touch 1,000 within two-three days, if preventive measures are not taken,” he said.
Sharing the details of the intensive immunization drive for the district, the Minister said that there are 1,204 polling stations in the district, the voter list will serve as the basic document to reach out to the people.
As per the voter list, there are over 11 lakh people in the district, though the number of population eligible for COVID vaccination by the government has been pegged at around 15 lakh as a large number of people live in Guwahati city due to various reasons, she said.
“There could be two to three lakh more people in the district if we take into account the temporary population,” he said, adding that over 14 lakh people have already been vaccinated in the district.
“All 1,204 booth level officers have been trained and sent door-to-door on field duty from Saturday to collect information of all non-vaccinated persons in their area. They will conduct the drive till August 23. ” he said.
“The BLO will be accompanied by gaonbura (village head) and local ASHA workers in rural areas, and in urban places, ASHA workers and a member of the local citizen committee (Nagrik Manch) will accompany them,” he said. .
Mahant said that these three-member teams will collect information of non-vaccinated people and on August 24, the entire data will be complied and eligible people will be contacted on their phones so that they can get the vaccine dose.
From August 25 to August 31, we will conduct vaccination campaign on mission mode and as far as possible we will set up vaccination centers at local polling stations. Where it is not possible, we will set up a center somewhere. convenient pass,” he said.
Appealing to the people to come forward with folded hands, he said, “If need be, we will extend the campaign from August 31.” The minister further said that a phone number (8929103776) has been opened since Saturday morning, through which people can reach to get their vaccines done by giving a missed call on the number.
He added, “In case of shops and malls, it is now mandatory for them to mandatorily demonstrate that the entire staff has been vaccinated and a vaccination certificate should also be available for confirmation by any customer, if they so desire. “
“If the spread of infection cannot be controlled in Guwahati, the government will be forced to impose more restrictions. We cannot let the entire state suffer because of negligence of one district,” Mahant said.
The minister said that for further relaxation of restrictions, the number of daily new cases in the state should be less than 500 and for Kamrup metropolitan it is less than 100.
Presently, a 10-hour curfew is imposed in the state from 7 pm every day and inter-district movement of people, which was suspended for more than two months, was opened from this week, though Kamrup Movement to and from the metropolitan district remained closed.