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Rural vax coverage only 8% in Ghaziabad | Noida News

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Ghaziabad/Noida: The vaccination coverage in rural areas is just 8% compared to about 46% in urban areas of Ghaziabad. Taking a note of the wide gap, the district magistrate on Wednesday issued notices to medical officers of several rural centres asking them to step up the drive in the rural areas.
According to official figures, there are 60 vaccination centres in urban areas and 18 in rural areas. The number of people vaccinated in urban areas stands at 35,288 and in rural areas, 2,342 people have got the jabs. The director of the National Health Mission has asked chief medical officers of all districts in the state to take help of Asha and other frontline workers in creating awareness about the vaccine.
Dr Bharat Bhushan, superintendent of Dasna Community Health Centre, said: “People in rural areas are reluctant when it comes to taking the shots. There is also a sense of complacency, which is coming in the way of achieving the target.”
A study of vaccination coverage on Tuesday revealed that against the capacity of vaccinating 300 people at Dasna community health centre, only 80 were inoculated. Of them, only six were above 60 years of age and 15 were in the 45 to 59 age group. Some healthcare workers and frontline workers also took the jabs.
At Bhojpur primary health centre, only 67 people were vaccinated On Tuesday. Of them, only 13 were above 60 years of age. In the 45-59 age group, the centre did not record any recipient.
District magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey said: “I have instructed sub-divisional magistrates to hold a meeting village pradhans in their respective blocks and take their help in vaccinating people in the third phase.”
The DM also conducted a review of the vaccination drive in rural areas and found only a few people were getting the jabs in the government facilities. He has issued a showcause notice to officials.
In Gautam Budh Nagar, 42 government facilities are involved in the third phase of the drive.
DM Suhas LY, said the district mostly has urban areas. “Dankaur, Dadri, Jewar and Bisrakh are urban areas. Anyone seeking vaccination from rural areas can go to the nearest PHC, CHC or the District Hospital and GIMS. Of the 388 villages, over 80% are either acquired or notified by the local authorities.”
Dr Neeraj Tyagi, district immunisation officer in-charge of Covid vaccination, GB Nagar, said: “Since March 1, we have had 19,911 registered people for the third phase. We have inoculated 19,069.”

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