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Covid Vaccine Doses Milestone Remarkable Achievement Despite Challenges: Hospital Groups

Covid Vaccine Doses Milestone Remarkable Achievement Despite Challenges: Hospital groups
The healthcare fraternity of India celebrated the achievement of reaching the one hundred crore vaccination milestone in a record 275 days
Highlights
  • Milestone of a 100 crore vaccination doses reached
  • Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya congratulated the country
  • Vaccinate and following Covid protocols is way forward: Dr Raghuvanshi

New Delhi: Several private hospital groups on Thursday hailed India hitting the 100-crore vaccine dose landmark in its fight against COVID-19, with some saying it was a “stupendous achievement” despite many challenges. From Apollo Hospitals to Fortis Healthcare, the groups highlighted that vaccine hesitancy and logistics arrangements catering to a vast population of the country were some of the challenges in the inoculation exercise that began on January 16.

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The milestone of a 100 crore vaccination doses administered is an indication of the success of the government’s vaccination program. Overcoming the challenges of the vast population spread across the length and breadth of our country is an achievement all Indians can be proud of,” said Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals.

He also said that with the “hope and reassurance of protection” from the disease provided by the vaccine, the country can look forward to a return to normalcy. “Apollo Hospitals, as the largest private vaccinator, pledges to support the government in working to achieve the target of vaccinating India’s entire eligible population by December 2021. We are also preparing for vaccinating children and adolescents as and when the approvals are in place,” Dr Reddy was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the hospital group.

India achieved a major milestone in its vaccination programme against COVID-19 as the cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country surpassed the 100-crore mark on Thursday. The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out in January with health care workers getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2. After this, it gave priority to the elderly population and those with co-morbidities, and steadily, the government had expanded its vaccination drive by allowing all above 18 to be vaccinated from May 1. Hailing the vaccination milestone as a triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country has scripted history. Many other private hospitals also lauded the achievement of this milestone.

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According to Dr. Ajay Swaroop, honorary secretary-cum-treasurer (Board of Management) & Member Trustee, Sir Ganga Ram Trust Society, “It is a matter of pride that our country has entered 100-crore vaccine club to fight Covid. We have created history and I am proud of the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital being a part of it.”

Dr Ashutosh Raghuvanshi, MD and CEO, Fortis Healthcare said, “It is a stupendous achievement for India to reach the one hundred crore vaccination milestone in a record 275 days.” “Amidst numerous challenges related to supply, logistics and vaccine hesitancy, and also a severe second wave this year, this landmark achievement is a salute to the focused, invaluable efforts of Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, along with many public and private partners, and stakeholders who have worked hard to spread awareness and vaccinate as many people as possible,” he said.

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My heartfelt congratulations to the entire healthcare fraternity in India for this remarkable achievement, which sets an example for the entire world,” Dr Raghuvanshi was quoted saying in the statement issued by Fortis Healthcare. Continuing to vaccinate while following the Covid protocols is the only way to beat the virus and prevent community transmission, he added.

In a tweet, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya congratulated the country on achieving the feat, and said it was the result of the able leadership of Prime Minister Modi, whom he described as a visionary. According to official sources, over 75 per cent of India’s all eligible adult population has been administered at least the first dose and around 31 per cent has received both doses of the vaccine.

Dr Shuchin Bajaj, Founder & Director, Ujala Cygnus Group of Hospitals, said it was a “great achievement”. “I’m very hopeful that with this speed that we have picked up, we will be able to reach our target of all eligible Indians before the end of this year, hats off to everyone who’s been involved in this drive, doctors, paramedics, Asha workers, who have been travelling village to village for this drive,” Dr. Bajaj said

NDTV and Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ populationindigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity,  that is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.

World

26,43,68,460Cases
22,50,84,762Active
3,40,45,666Recovered
52,38,032Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,43,68,460 and 52,38,032 have died; 22,50,84,762 are active cases and 3,40,45,666 have recovered as on December 3, 2021 at 1:36 pm.

India

3,46,15,757 9,216Cases
99,976 213Active
3,40,45,666 8,612Recovered
4,70,115 391Deaths
In India, there are 3,46,15,757 confirmed cases including 4,70,115 deaths. The number of active cases is 99,976 and 3,40,45,666 have recovered as on December 3, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,37,221 796

10,882 180

64,85,290 952

1,41,049 24

Kerala

51,51,919 4,700

45,030 252

50,66,034 4,128

40,855 320

Karnataka

29,96,833 363

6,772 169

29,51,845 191

38,216 3

Tamil Nadu

27,28,350 715

8,155 45

26,83,691 748

36,504 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,73,252 159

2,138 11

20,56,670 169

14,444 1

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,417 12

93 1

16,87,413 11

22,911

West Bengal

16,17,408 657

7,690 22

15,90,208 667

19,510 12

Delhi

14,41,190 217

307 21

14,15,785 196

25,098

Odisha

10,49,597 252

2,211 26

10,38,971 276

8,415 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,870 37

328 12

9,92,949 25

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,827 21

213 10

9,45,659 11

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,570 50

318 25

8,17,158 24

10,094 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,199 12

128 4

7,82,543 8

10,528

Haryana

7,71,760 27

178 9

7,61,528 18

10,054

Bihar

7,26,230 5

32 0

7,16,534 4

9,664 1

Telangana

6,76,376 189

3,680 50

6,68,701 137

3,995 2

Assam

6,17,163 124

2,535 77

6,08,517 198

6,111 3

Punjab

6,03,352 32

344 13

5,86,402 18

16,606 1

Jharkhand

3,49,271 15

95 1

3,44,035 13

5,141 1

Uttarakhand

3,44,325 22

182 4

3,36,735 18

7,408

Jammu And Kashmir

3,37,263 177

1,697 10

3,31,089 167

4,477

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,354 85

835 29

2,22,669 113

3,850 1

Goa

1,79,046 56

367 40

1,75,295 16

3,384

Mizoram

1,35,765 315

3,717 55

1,31,545 368

503 2

Puducherry

1,28,998 33

299 10

1,26,826 23

1,873

Manipur

1,25,269 33

663 4

1,22,627 28

1,979 1

Tripura

84,835 15

94 6

83,916 8

825 1

Meghalaya

84,534 24

296 2

82,764 25

1,474 1

Chandigarh

65,475 4

65 1

64,590 5

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,285 6

36 1

54,969 5

280

Sikkim

32,267 15

137 10

31,727 5

403

Nagaland

32,128 3

128 5

31,302 6

698 2

Ladakh

21,642 41

306 21

21,122 20

214

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 1

10,679 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,397 1

18 8

10,328 9

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,686 3

7 2

7,550 1

129

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