Additional Chief Secretary Vivek Bharadvaj kick starts vaccination drive for children in Srinagar

Kashmir Times. Dated: 1/4/2022 12:21:20 AM

Over 22,000 dozes were administered on day one across Kashmir

Srinagar ,January 03 : Additional Chief Secretary Health &
Medical Education Department, Shri Vivek Bharadvaj on Monday
kick-started vaccination drive for children between 15 to 17 years in
Kashmir at Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Kothi Bagh,

On the occasion, Director Health Services Kashmir (DHSK), Dr Mushtaq
Ahmad Rather, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Muhammad Aijaz Assad,
Director School Education Kashmir Tasaduq Hussian, CMO Srinagar, DHO
Srinagar besides other concerned officials of health and education
department were present at the event.

Speaking on the occasion, the Additional Chief Secretary said that
there is an estimated target of more than 8 lakh children who are
scheduled to be inoculated in the vaccination drive at 308 vaccination
sites in Jammu division and 514 in Kashmir division.

He said that the vaccination drive for children is very important in
order to contain the spread of Covid-19 and expressed hope that the
Union Government will keep stock of vaccines available for us so that
this process can be completed as soon as possible.

The Additional Chief Secretary said that the Health and Medical
Education Department has made elaborative preparations.

He said they recently held a meeting during which a strategy was
chalked out in association with the School Education Department and
District Administration Srinagar so that they are able to identify
children and sites for the vaccination drive.

“We have already received nearly 3 lakh vaccines. We are hopeful that
we will complete the fresh vaccination drive within a short period of
time. We will soon achieve the vaccination target,” he said.

The Additional Chief Secretary also said the administration is fully
prepared to tackle any eventuality as number of beds including ICU,
ventilators have been increased by many times besides that oxygen
supply has been increased by 10 times.

On the occasion, Director Health Services Kashmir (DHSK), Dr Mushtaq
Ahmad Rather said vaccination for children between 15 to 17 years will
keep the children safe. He appealed the children to get vaccinated to
protect themselves.

Detailing out the importance and benefits of the program, the director
has already given strict direction to the staff of the health
department to be proactive and ensure in making this national
initiative a grand success.



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