With many still struggling to register their names to become beneficiaries of the covid vaccine, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials are now holding talks with various stakeholders and private hospitals
to scale up the vaccination drive in the coming days. BBMP
commissioner, N Manjunath Prasad
, said that plans are afoot to vaccinate one lakh people a day in future.
Prasad said that they were currently facing many technical glitches. On day one, only 1,603 people could be vaccinated while on day two, 3,128 were given a jab and on day three, 4,483 were vaccinated. “So far, vaccinations are being done at 26 hospitals. Soon we will extend it to 300 hospitals including 107 (100-bedded) private hospitals and 141 primary health centres and other referral hospitals. This means about 60,000 people will be able to get vaccinated in a day. Going forward, we want to increase the session sites and target around 1 lakh people every day,” he said. Prasad said that around 15 lakh people residing in slums belonged to the 60-plus category or 45- plus with co-morbidities. As they are unable to register with the portal, the vaccination process would be conducted separately for them from next week.
To counter the teething problems, the Commissioner added that the Palike was working closely with hospitals to tackle the technical glitches. So far, BBMP has identified 3.5 lakh people with co-morbidities.
Allow vaccination in pvt hospitals
Meanwhile, the Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes’ Association (PHANA) has written to Dr K Sudhakar
, Health and Family Welfare Minister, to immediately allow all private hospitals to vaccinate the beneficiaries.
PHANA has said that currently the vaccination program in the private sector was only under the Ayushman Bharat – Arogya Karnataka empanelled Hospitals and Central Government Health Scheme empanelled hospitals. They said that it was highly insufficient to reach the targeted population and many patients were approaching private hospitals to get vaccinated. “Hence, we request the health minister to start vaccination centres in all the private hospitals which participated in the covid care treatment. We will help the Government to reach the target population at the earliest. It will also prevent senior citizens from approaching only a few hospitals in the city,” Dr HM Prasanna, president, PHANA said.
Show cause notice issued
Meanwhile, the Health department has issued a show cause notice to Haveri district health officers for inoculating Agriculture Minister BC Patil and his wife at his home on Tuesday. Dr. Arundati, Mission Director, National Health Mission has issued the show cause notice to Haveri district RCH Dr Jayanand M seeking his reply to as to why the covid vaccination protocol was breached by him and his team. He has been warned of action if he fails to submit a satisfactory reply. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had also sought a report from the state on this matter.