Bengaluru: Vaccination sessions increase by nearly 6 times; Co-Win glitches persist | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Saraswathi Rama Iyer, 96, from Ashtagrama Layout near Basaveshwaranagar was one of the senior citizens who availed the Covid vaccine in Bengaluru on Monday when inoculation was made available at primary health centres and more hospitals.
She was jabbed at Kamakshipalya primary health centre where 62 persons took the vaccine during the day.
With 2,655 more Covid vaccination sessions operating across the state from Monday, the state health department aims to cover 1 lakh persons above the age of 60 years, and those in the 45-59 years age group with comorbidities daily. On Saturday, 341 sessions were held in the state.
A facility can have multiple sessions. As of 5.30pm, across Karnataka, 37,852 were jabbed with the first dose. On Saturday, over 19,000 people were vaccinated.
At many hospitals and primary health centres, many complained of not getting confirmatory messages about the registration schedule. Due to server-related issues, several PHCs had difficulty in enrolling those who sought onsite registration as the Aadhaar numbers uploaded were rejected as not valid.
“Many senior citizens had carried only Aadhaar cards and the portal rejected them as invalid despite the data being accurate. Very few had carried alternative ID cards. If any document other than Aadhaar is used for registration, a photo of the beneficiary has to be taken on the spot. This also led to delays and some left without getting jabbed,” BBMP officials from the west zone said. The scenario was no different in other zones. “This was the first day for maternity homes and primary health centres in the drive. It takes time for staff to get used to the software,” an officer said.
“Currently it’s going at a snail’s pace because of Co-Win portal’s technical glitches. At this rate, it will take a long time to cover all senior citizens and vulnerable persons. The lower middle class and poorer sections of the society are yet to get jabbed. The government should ideally reach out to all smaller hospitals, nursing homes and not just the empanelled hospitals,” said Dr HM Prasanna, president, Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association.
Rajendra Cholan P, special commissioner, BBMP, said the system will get stabilised in 3-4 days. “We have allowed 50% of slots to be kept for spot registration in all hospitals. Those who can’t access the Co-Win portal can walk into hospitals and seek registration.”
Karnataka sees 436 fresh cases
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Six residents of an apartment near Rachenahalli in Yelahanka tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, leading to yet another cluster of cases in the city.
BBMP, during its routine random testing drives, on March 6 tested 60 apartment dwellers, of which six turned positive. Officials have collected swab samples of 54 primary contacts and 150 other contacts of the infected. The test results of 204 persons are awaited.
On Monday, the state reported 436 fresh cases of which 287 were from Bengaluru alone. Across the state, there are 6,815 active cases, and Bengaluru accounts for 5,000 of them.
Five fatalities were reported on Monday; two of them had succumbed to the virus in February. Of the five, four were from Bengaluru. A 50-year-old woman from Mysuru who reportedly suffered no comorbidities died on March 6, after two days of hospitalisation. The fatality rate for the day was 1.1%.
The state has so far witnessed 12,367 deaths and has seen a total of 9.5 lakh cases. In the last 24 hours, 56,445 tests were conducted across the state. TNN
35.8 % of cases have nil contacts
In 35.8% of cases, contact tracing has been nil in the last seven days. The corresponding numbers were as high as 100% in cases from Koppal and Raichur. Rajendra Cholan P, special commissioner, BBMP, health, said this could be true of 5% of the cases. “There are challenges in tracing contacts when a traveller at railway or bus station turns positive. They may give wrong contact number and we’ve taken police help to trace such cases,” he said.



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