The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has started a Covid vaccination camp at the Eco Park dispensary in New Town, primarily for visitors who will arrive at the gates without vaccination.
Hidco officials said that since Eco Park was reopened, it has been noticed that there have been many unvaccinated visitors. Looking into this, Hidco discussed with NKDA if spot vaccination could be done for such visitors before entering Eco Park.
“The modalities were sorted out and the spot vaccination camp has started at the Eco Park dispensary. Five such visitors were vaccinated on Tuesday and this will now continue,” said an official.
However, since 10 persons can be vaccinated from one vial, at least eight to 10 unvaccinated visitors would need to be there, officials said. “The visitors will have to wait till at least eight to 10 of them come,” said an official.
NKDA have also started doorstep vaccination for the elderly and senior citizens in New Town following several requests from those who cannot step out of their houses to get their dose due to their old age or other health issues. A total of 27 such residents have been vaccinated at home in New Town till Tuesday.
Family members of those who are getting vaccinated at home are happy over the arrangements. “My maternal grandfather is 88 years old and has multiple health issues. We were apprehensive that taking him out for vaccination may result in some other repercussions. He is also unable to move around much. So we were waiting for such a doorstep vaccination initiative. It was a very seamless process from sending a mail to NKDA to finally getting vaccinated. The entire process was completed within two to three days,” said Arijit Samaddar, whose grandfather Haripada Saha got the jab at his home in New Town.
NKDA earlier conducted off-site vaccination camps at a few gated communities in the township and also conducted a vaccination on wheels drive to inoculate hawkers and street vendors.
In adjacent Salt Lake, the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has already inoculated over 95% of people with their first dose and is also trying to take up doorstep vaccination for those who cannot step out of their houses. BMC ward 31 authorities recently inoculated a few such elderly persons at their home.
“My father, who is 84 years old, has suffered from a stroke and is bed ridden. He is also a two-time Covid survivor. Due to his immobile condition we could not take him anywhere to give him the jab. He will be benefited if such doorstep vaccination could be conducted,” said Sankha Subhra Chowdhury, a resident of Salt Lake IA block.
Award for BMC
The BMC on Tuesday received the Gold Skoch Award for municipal governance for Covid management. Dedicating the award to the citizens of Bidhannagar, BMC board of administrators’ chairperson Krishna Chakraborty said it was a joint effort and dedicated work of all the civic officials towards achieving the recognition.
Source: Times of India