Arunachal govt starts preparation for COVID-19 vaccination

Arunachal Pradesh chief secretary Naresh Kumar on December 17 reviewed the status of preparedness of the districts for COVID-19 vaccination and asked the deputy commissioners (DCs) to monitor the availability of cold chains and instruments etc.

It is most likely that the COVID-19 vaccine will reach the state in January 2021, a communique from the CS office said.

Chairing a review meeting with all the DCs of the districts to take stock of important issues related to health, panchayati raj, land management, and planning departments, Kumar asked them to go through all the protocols of the preparedness for the COVID-19 vaccine and asked them to ensure that all the supports will be made available for successful vaccination in the state.

“The way you all were working in the past nine months, continue in the same tempo,” the CS said to the DCs while complimenting their contribution in curbing the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Highlighting the importance of road connectivity, Kumar also directed to expedite land acquisition cases pertaining to Defence, BRTF, NHIDCL and ITBP.

He further asked them to expedite the submission of utilisation certificates (UCs) of Border Area Development Programme, North East Council, Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources, State Infrastructure Development Fund, North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme, Rural Infrastructure Development Fund and other Central Sponsored Schemes.

Arunachal’s COVID-19 tally mounts to 16603

As many as 29 people, including four security personnel tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh on December 17, taking the state’s caseload to 16603.

Out of the fresh infections, Tawang reported the highest at 11, followed by Itanagar Capital Complex and East Siang four each, and Lohit three, as per a bulletin issued by the state Directorate of Health Services (DHS).

Barring four, all the patients are asymptomatic.

On a positive note, 12 patients were discharged following their recovery from the virus, taking the tally to 16290. Active cases stood at 258.

Arunachal Pradesh has recorded 55 fatalities so far.

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