IMA Arunachal urges people to come forward for COVID-19 vaccination

Expressing concern in the wake of the second wave of COVID-19 and surging cases in the state, the Arunachal Pradesh unit of Indian Medical Association (IMA-AP) has appealed to the citizens to get vaccinated and to follow “COVID appropriate behavior”.

Addressing a press conference in Itanagar, state unit president Lobsang Tsetim said: “We have seen a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in the state in the last few days. We would like to request all eligible people to come forward for vaccination as it will save you from COVID-19 infection. Also follow COVID appropriate behaviour to protect yourself from infection.”

“Our state government is well prepared to fight the second wave,” he said, adding, oxygen plants in five districts have been set up, and another 18 are on the verge of completion.

Talking about the second wave, IMA-AP general secretary, Jego Ori, said: “Without community participation it is going to be a difficult task for the government. I appeal to all to be proactive and come forward. Together, we can beat this second wave like the first wave.”

M Pertin, joint secretary of the Arunachal unit of IMA said: “We all have to be careful and follow the COVID SOPs laid down by the government.”

“There are lot of rumours regarding Covid vaccines. I want to clear that vaccines are safe,” said Kesang W Thongdok, vice president of IMA-AP.

The Arunachal cabinet had on April 23 announced to administer COVID-19 vaccine free of cost to all in the 18-44 years age group from May 1.

Arunachal Pradesh has recorded 17,430 COVID-19 cases so far, of which, 56 succumbed to the virus and 16,921 recovered. Active cases stood at 453.

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