Chhattisgarh holds second rank in COVID-19 vaccine wastage; CM Bhupesh Baghel says 'report politically motivated'

Chhattisgarh: Central government published a report on wastage of covid19 vaccine, and Chhattisgarh has been shown as second state in the country having highest wastage of vaccine after Jharkhand. It has kicked off another row of controversy, and the report has become bone of contention between state and central government.

States have been urged repeatedly to keep vaccine wastage below 1, many states like Jharkhand (37.3%), CG (30.2%), J&K (10.8%) and Madhya Pradesh (10.7%) are reporting much higher wastage than the national average (6.3%), ANI quoted a report from Ministry of Health.

This revelation has somehow bruised the image of the Bhupesh led Chhattisgarh government.

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, who got his second shot of Covid19 vaccine in Dr. BR Ambedkar Memorial Hospital Raipur on Thursday reacted strongly over the report.

Centre is misleading and the report is intentionally motivated and an attempt to belittle the image of government and its good works, CM Baghel said. In Chhattisgarh, total wastage in vaccines is less than the central guideline of 1.86 percent. We are sending all the data online.

Actually, the Central government is not accepting the data of CG Tika hence such a problem is occurring, Baghel said.

In each age group we have crossed the mark of 80%, he added.

In addition, the Health dept of CG tweeted - the data is incorrect, and we are in touch with them to resolve the data issue.

Meanwhile, CG Health minister TS Singh Deo rejected the report and said, the Centre is sourcing the data from vaccination centres and a delay in updating the data is termed as vaccine wastage.

CG govt data said, 69,66,231 doses of vaccines have been administered till date.

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