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Covid: Special vaccine camps at puja pandals to curb virus spike

Ranchi: Amid the apprehensions of a possible third wave of covid-19 pandemic, Ranchi district administration has rolled out special vaccination drive across different puja pandals in the state capital to thwart spurt in cases of covid-19 infection with the onset of festival season.

On Sunday, district health department team conducted inoculation drive at six puja pandal sites namely Havankund at Shradhanand road, Kala Sangam at Dibri Bazar, Argora Durga puja samiti, Panchmukhi Durga puja samity (Harmu), Adarsha Durga puja samiti at old bus station, and Shri Durga puja samiti (A-type ground).

As many as 279 people were administered the life saving drug through the mobile vaccination vans in the last two days since the start of the campaign.

“A total of 169 jabs were given on October 9 whereas on October 10, 110 were provided covid jabs,” said an official communication from the district public relations department, Ranchi. Sources in the district administration have said that the drive will continue during the festive period.

Ranchi civil surgeon Dr Vinod Kumar on the other hand informed that they are also planning to roll out similar drives at other crowd puller avenues such as the malls, eateries among others. He added that a proposal has also been sent to the deputy commissioner Chhavi Ranjan for sanctioning of additional manpower to further pacify the vaccination drive in the district. “We are eyeing to vaccinate 40,000-50,000 people during the festive days. Currently, about 12000-15,000 vaccinations are held daily on an average,” he said.

Since the outbreak of the covid-19 virus, 85855 people in Ranchi have so far tested positive for the contagious disease of which 84,222 have recovered. On Sunday, four fresh cases have surfaced taking the cumulative toll of active cases to 44. Five persons have recovered in the last 24 hours, stated the covid-19 bulletin issued from the district IPRD.