Madhya Pradesh: State government hum and haw hinders jab job for 18+

NAGDA (UJJAIN): During the second wave of corona the youth of the country are not only braving the wrath of the pandemic but also facing hardships in getting anti-corona vaccines.

The Union government rolled out vaccination programme for people above 18 from May 1 but only 2,500 shots have been administered to these beneficiaries in the town in last one month.

The villagers who did not have smartphones or access to internet cried foul over the flaws in the online registration process for vaccination prompting the central government to provide for onsite registration.

However, the district administration does not seem to care two hoots to implement it. The administrative officials failed to provide a convincing response for not starting an on-site registration facility, despite the orders of Centre.

The Health Ministry has directed all states to implement the facility of onsite registration with the caveat that crowding should be thwarted during onsite registration at the vaccination centres.

On May 24, the Madhya Pradesh National Health Mission director Dr Santosh Shukla wrote to the Public Relations Department mentioning that the Government of India announced to start a vaccination programme of 18 to 44 age group through online registration and appointment system from May 1, 2021. The Union Health Secretary has written to all the state governments providing them autonomy to take appropriate decisions in this regard. Thus, the new arrangement of slot booking will be communicated to the public shortly after a decision in this regard is taken by the administration, he stated in the letter.

Centre proposes, state govt ‘disposes’

The Central Government has already given permission for on-site registration, but the state government has not made any decision on the issue. Due to this, residents from nearby towns are receiving Covid jabs while the locals are unable to get the slots.

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