Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 28
A two-day dry run to check the preparedness of health authorities for a future Covid-19 vaccination programme began smoothly today in Ludhiana and Nawanshahr districts of Punjab.
Punjab is one of the four states selected by the Centre for the mock drive, aimed at testing the laid out mechanism for the vaccination programme. The other three are Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Gujarat.
Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said the exercise would provide insight into any gaps or bottlenecks in vaccine distribution and its administration so that those could be addressed before the commencement of the immunisation drive.
In Ludhiana district, seven centres have been set up for the drill—Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, sub-divisional hospitals at Jagraon, Raikot and Khanna and the community health centres at Dhamot and Machhiwara.
In Nawanshahr district, there are five centres: District Hospital, IVY Hospital (Nawanshahr city); Community Health Centre, Mukandpur; Primary Health Centre, Jadla, and Sub-Centre, Usmanpur. For each centre, 25 persons, who had registered online, were selected.
State’s nodal officer for Covid Dr Rajesh Bhaskar said, “The drill was conducted smoothly. We had to finish the task in two hours between 9 am and 11 am, but we completed it half an hour early.”
The details of 1.5 lakh healthcare workers from private and public facilities had already been uploaded on CoWIN portal for vaccination. All vaccine beneficiaries have to compulsorily pre-register on CoWIN portal through their photo ID.
Punjab has identified 729 cold chain points. Three regional state vaccine stores are to be created in Amritsar, Hoshiarpur and Ferozepur.