Telangana asks Centre to supply vaccine for booster dose

The Telangana government has requested the Center to increase the administration of booster dose to the vaccine supply people in view of the latest scare of the new variant of the coronavirus.

In a video conference with Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday, Mr Rao informed that the State government had eight lakh doses of Covaxin, 80,000 doses of Covishield and no stock of Corbeax.

He recalled that Telangana’s average booster dose administration was 48 percent as against the national average of 23 percent. This was possible due to constant monitoring by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and keeping health officials on alert.

Mr. Rao asked the Center to sensitize the State governments about the symptoms of the latest variant of COVID BF 7, its spread, impact and treatment. The government will help them prepare to face the situation. Also, Center wanted to make sure there was no shortage of oxygen based on past experience. A system should be established to connect oxygen plants with nearby hospitals.

In the past repairs to Pressure Swing Absorption oxygen generators and ventilators supplied by the Center were not undertaken unless an annual maintenance contract was in place with the dealers. Steps must be taken to use it at full scale.

The Center should consider framing the 3rd Emergency Covid Response Package to improve health infrastructure in the States.

Principal Secretary Health Syed Ali Murtuza Rizvi, Commissioner Health and Family Welfare Swetha Mohanty, Director Public Health G. Srinivas Rao and Director Medical Education K. Ramesh Reddy participated in the conference.

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