Nagpur tops in Maharashtra booster jab coverage

Times of India | 2 months ago | 27-09-2022 | 01:29 pm

Nagpur tops in Maharashtra booster jab coverage

NAGPUR: With nearly 19% booster jab coverage, Nagpur district continued to remain at the top of chart in Maharashtra in vaccinating adults, though a big number of beneficiaries are set to miss the September 30 deadline for free precaution dose for 18 to 59 age group. The scenario is the same in rest of the districts of Vidarbha, which also has the district with lowest booster dose achievement in the state — Buldhana with just 4.67%. Vidarbha will exit the special 75-day free booster drive under ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ with just over 16 lakh taking advantage of it, while a whopping 1.13 crore population skipping it as on date. Nagpur division has over 73 lakh people eligible for the booster dose, but only a little over of 11 lakh have taken the jab leaving 61.88 lakh beneficiaries without the precaution jab. The six districts in the division added only 15.49% coverage of the third dose. Only Wardha district at 8.25% in the division has coverage percentage in single digit. Amravati division has 56.07 lakh beneficiaries due for the precaution dose, but only 4.79 lakh turned up. Around 51 lakh population in the division is likely to be left out of the free of cost drive. The five districts in the division scored a poor 8.55% coverage. Booster vaccination in three districts — Buldhana, Yavatmal and Amravati — remains in single digit. Despite being a remote district with unique problems due to poor connectivity and majority tribal population, Gadchiroli has done well in the booster drive by bagging the third spot overall in the state with 17.73% coverage. Though recent floods had made matters only worse for the immunization teams. Gondia and Bhandara are the other two districts from Vidarbha beside Nagpur and Gadchiroli to feature in the top 10 in the state. Nagpur and Gadchiroli’s performance has been better than Mumbai, which is at fifth spot. In Nagpur, chunk of the 5.45 lakh precaution doses have been given in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) limits. The civic body managed to vaccinate over 3.50 lakh people during the 75-day special drive. Officials said the daily immunization figures fell to just 1,000 in the district, having over 100 centres. This means on an average less than 10 people get vaccinated in the entire day at each centre. Officials said they are planning to cut down the number of days and centres after September 30. “It is wastage of manpower and vaccine. Though right now we have around 15,000 doses, we are hopeful these would be utilized before expiry date next month,” they said. Booster: Coverage, percentage and target in Vidarbha district coverage percentage target Nagpur 5,45,888 18.66 29,25,601 Bhandara 1,16,807 14.21 8,22,242 Gondia 1,18,719 14.33 8,28,312 Wardha 62,958 8.25 7,63,590 Chanda 1,82,128 13.26 13,73,517 Gad 1,08,112 17.73 6,09,846 Total 11,34,612 15.49 73,23,108 Amravati 1,26,242 8.81 14,32,914 Akola 1,04,083 12.55 8,29,647 Yavatmal 1,06,483 7.36 14,46,101 Washim 85,284 12.7 6,71,437 Buldhana 57,375 4.67 12,27,538 Total 4,79,467 8.55 56,07,637 Vid 16,14,079 12.48 1,29,30,745

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