The Health Services director clarified that persons with health complications can be vaccinated if his or her condition is not acute during the vaccination process.
Manipur Health Services director Dr K Rajo on Monday contended that vaccination, maintaining COVID appropriate behaviour and avoiding gatherings will be the key to fighting the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Rajo was addressing media persons after the launching function of 1st Round of National Deworming Day, 2021, at the Conference Hall of Directorate of Family Welfare, Thangal Bazar.
He clarified that persons with health complications can be vaccinated if his or her condition is not acute during the vaccination process. It is more important for these people to get vaccinated since their immune system might be compromised and will be more dangerous if he or she gets infected by COVID-19, he added.
Stating that it is possible to get infected even after getting the second dose of COVID vaccine, Dr Rajo maintained that the condition would not be severe for those people. “You are prone to more danger without the vaccine,” he warned and urged the public to get vaccinated as early as possible if they are qualified.
Dr Rajo also informed that the new strains are more infectious since they are airborne, unlike the old strain which is transmitted through droplets. The youths are more prone to these new strains. However, the treatment remains the same for both the new and the old ones, he added.
Maintaining that the second wave has not hit the state yet, he said that there are apprehensions in view of the rising number of cases in the last couple of days.
The Health Services director also assured that preparations are on full time to combat the rising case and the healthcare system has been reorganised. Testing equipment, PPE, N95 masks, etc have been procured. There is no shortage of oxygen in the state, he assured.
He also informed that the COVID care centres have been activated in different districts. COVID beds have been identified in PHCs, CHCs and other government run hospitals. Private hospitals have been directed to increase the isolation beds, he added.
Meanwhile, active cases in the state surged to 296, with 54 new cases reported. The deadly virus claimed one life in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 377, according to COVID-19 Common Control Room, Government of Manipur.
So far, 29,775 individuals have been reported to be infected by the disease. As per the latest information, 1,07,100 individuals have been vaccinated in the state, out of which around 57,000 have received the second dose.
On the other hand, India reported 2,73,810 fresh infections and 1,619 deaths on Monday, a new record since the start of the pandemic. The caseload stands at 1.5 crore and 1.7 lakh people have died so far. This was that fifth straight day that over two lakh cases were reported in the country.