Covid Review: Health minister seeks 50,000 vaccines amid spike in cases, says vaccine stock at zero in Jharkhand

Ranchi: Jharkhand’s health minister Banna Gupta has urged the Centre to provide at least 50,000 vaccines to continue the vaccination drive against the coronavirus. He raised the issue in a review meeting conducted by the union health minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya through videoconferencing. 

The Minister said that Jharkhand has run out of vaccines. He said that the state had sent a request to provide at least 50,000 vaccines to Jharkhand two weeks back but its arrival is still awaited he said. With 11 new COVID-19 cases reported on a total number of active cases rose to 60 in Jharkhand, according to the COVID bulletin of the state health department. Two persons have been cured of the disease in the past 24 hours.

With the detection of fresh infections, the total number of cases rose to 4,42,672. Of them, 4,37,280 people have recovered, while 5,332 persons died. The state tested 998 samples for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The Minister however claimed that the majority of patients are of mild symptoms and they are under treatment at their respective homes.

The Union minister asked the state to conduct mock drills of hospitals and medical colleges on April 10 and 11 and review the health preparedness with district administrations, health officials and medical college representatives on April 9.

He also sought the union minister’s intervention in getting approval for four RTPCR labs at Khunti, Lohardaga, Koderma and Pakur from the Indian Council of Medical Research. He also discussed with the officials the availability of oxygen-supported beds ventilators and oxygen plants in the state and also reviewed the presence of manpower including doctors nurses and other para medical staff.

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