BBMP Chief Commissioner Sri Gaurav Gupta has instructed the officials to take up all the needed measures, with all preparations in each concerned zone limits to vaccinate the children of 15-18 years from January 3.
Speaking in a virtual review meeting regarding the controlling of covid-19 in the city, he asked the officials to make all the arrangements to vaccinate the children of 15-18 years in govt. and private schools and colleges in BBMP limits. He advised the officials to make a zonewise list and deploy the personnel for the same.
Children of 15-18 years who are out-of-schools (from slum areas, industrial areas) also should be get vaccinated. For that, NGO’s help could be taken. All the preparations should be done regarding administering precautionary (booster) dose for 60 years above, health workers and frontline workers from January 10, he added.
Immediate precautionary steps should be taken up wherever the increase of covid cases found in the city. Nip it (corona) in the bud itself by ensure proper contact tracing. Educate the people to follow covid appropriate behaviors in parties and such places of social gatherings. Health officers should take up a meeting with residents’ welfare associations (nivasigala kshemabhivriddhi sangha) in each wards, he said.
In an average, 45,000 covid tested are being done in the city daily. The chief commissioner asked the officials to increase the number further. He advised the officials to vaccinate the unvaccinated population.
He asked the officials to join hands with police to control covid by enforcing restrictions imposed by the state government (public gathering in market, restaurants, bar, etc). he instructed the officials to take action against restaurants, commercial firms if the covid appropriate behaviours are not followed.
Speaking in the meeting, BBMP Special Commissioner (Health) Dr. Trilok Chandra said that, in BBMP limits, there are around 5 lakh children of 15-17 years of age. They are all will be vaccinated from January 3. For that, such children will be identified from local educational instituiutions. School drop out children and children who have joined for work in industrial areas also will be vaccinated. So, the officials should come up with an action plan regarding the number beneficiaries, vaccination centers etc.
BBMP Chief health officer (health) Dr balasundar, all zonal joint commissioners, health officers and other concerned officials were present.