Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan with union health minister Harsh Vardhan at CM residence in Bhopal on Sunday
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan with union health minister Harsh Vardhan at CM residence in Bhopal on Sunday

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has demanded 81 lakh doses of Covid vaccine in meeting with union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Sunday. In next week, there is need of 8 lakh to 10 lakh doses of vaccines. So far, 28 lakh Covishield and 3,84,000 doses have been given to Madhya Pradesh.

For cancer institute in Jabalpur, Central government was to bear 75 per cent contribution and state government was to bear 25 per cent of expenses of vaccine but now central government has reduced its contribution to 60 per cent. So, CM has appealed for enhancement of central contribution.

CM has appealed for approval of three new medical colleges in Damoh, Seoni and Chhattarpur in Madhya Pradesh.

"We need 81 lakh first dose of the vaccine and we have received 18,84,000 against it, so far. The Union Health Minister has promised to provide the remaining shots very soon. Vaccination drive is being conducted in full swing," Chouhan said while speaking to ANI.

The Chief Minister also requested the Union Minister for help in the infrastructural development of the newly-established medical colleges in the state and also for the hospitals dedicated to the treatment of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy victims.

Expressing concern over the rising trend of COVID-19 positive cases, he appealed to the public for strict adherence to COVID-19 norms.
"The surge in the number of cases is a serious concern. I don't want to create a situation of panic but people should continue taking preventive measures. Otherwise, we'll be compelled to impose night curfew at places witnessing an increase in COVID-19 positive cases," Chouhan said.

"We must bear in mind that the virus is still here in our midst. We can not afford to flout the protective measures against the infection. I request to the public to observe strict compliance to mask-wearing, social distancing, and hand-washing norms," he added.

Addressing the question about the crop damage due to recent rains, the CM said, "We are surveying the situation and estimating the damages done by recent rains and hail. Officials are doing the survey from the ground. Farmers need not worry as our government is with them.

(With inputs from agencies)

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