- Door-to-door vaccination campaign is launched on a pilot basis: BMC
- Medical certificate of being bedridden for 6 months is mandatory: BMC
- 40 lakh people affected in the second wave of COVID-19 in Maharashtra: CM
New Delhi: 78-year-old Mehmooda Farooqui from Mumbai is immobile and needed oxygen support during the second wave of COVID-19. She is unable to physically go to a vaccination centre to get the jab for protection against COVID. Her daughter, Tanveer Farooqi, tells NDTV,
“During COVID, my mother was on oxygen support. She was treated at home and recovered but she can’t walk again. My father was also ill a month ago and he was hospitalised. They can’t go to the centre for vaccination.”
Another Mumbaikar, 63-year-old Narayan Kalyankar is also unable to walk due to his knee problems. He contracted COVID in the first wave. He tried to go to the vaccination centre but couldn’t stand in the queue for a long time. He tells NDTV,
Even when I tried to go, I was told that my turn hasn’t come. I’m unable to walk around a lot and I can’t stand for too long because I have pain in both my knees.
Keeping such patients in mind, Mumbai’s civic body has launched a campaign to give Covid vaccines to bed-ridden patients at their homes. Family members of around 4,500 citizens have applied to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) so far for the door-to-door vaccination program of those who are physically unable to move.
This door-to-door vaccination campaign launched on August first week on a pilot basis and the BMC is collaborating the a private body, Project Mumbai, for this exercise.
The beneficiaries will be given vaccine according to the expert guidelines and as per these guidelines, it will be mandatory to produce the medical certificate of being bedridden for at least six months. A BMC official tells NDTV,
To get the vaccine at home, beneficiaries use first send their full information through email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The patient’s name, address, telephone number as well as a doctor’s certificate declaring that the patient will be in that state for at least the next six months will have to be sent to the email address. The doctor has to certify that the patient can be vaccinated. Also, a relative or caretaker has to give consent for the vaccination.
This decision is being welcomed by Mumbaikars, who are looking forward to put an end to this pandemic.
This is a very good decision, vaccination is extremely important to end this pandemic. With this move, vaccinating the sick and elderly will be easier now, a Mumbai citizen tells NDTV.
On August 8, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has warned that a lockdown shall be imposed if the state witnesses a surge in the number of coronavirus cases. During a press conference, the Maharashtra Chief Minister said that the state now has 600 testing labs, the number of isolation beds increased to over 4.5 lakh, and there is an availability of 34,507 ICU beds and 1,10,683 oxygen beds. CM Thackeray also pointed out that the state currently has 13,500 ventilators. He also informed that 20 lakh people were affected in the first wave and 40 lakh people in the second wave of COVID-19 in Maharashtra.
The state on Sunday registered 5,508 fresh Covid-19 cases and 151 fatalities, taking the tally to 63,53,327 and the toll to 1,33,996, the state health department said. As many as 4,895 Covid-19 patients were discharged during the day, raising the number of recoveries to 61,44,388 so far in Maharashtra, leaving the state with 71,510 active cases, it said.
Maharashtra’s case recovery rate now stands at 96.71 per cent and the fatality rate is 2.1 per cent.
As per the Maharashtra Health Department data, the vaccination rate in Mumbai has slowed down by 23 per cent in July as compared to June. Maharashtra needs to vaccinate at a faster pace to cover the maximum number of people before the anticipated third wave.
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