COVID-19 vaccination campaign going ahead with priority: Health Minister

Published On: January 17, 2022 12:56 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

BIRATNAGAR, Jan 17: Minister for Health and Population, Birodh Khatiwada has said that the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 is going ahead with high priority.

Speaking at a press meet organized by the Socialist Press Organization Morang on Monday, he said, "The government has the policy of conducting the vaccination program in a more effective manner in all the seven provinces by preparing the schedule."

The health minister said there is no problem regarding the vaccination against COVID-19 since 40 million doses of vaccines were in stock.

Stating that 40 percent of the total population has been vaccinated, he said temporary desks will also be set up for expediting the vaccination campaign. "The government is preparing to carry out regular inoculation in crowded cities. So far, 28 million doses of vaccines have been administered," Minister Khatiwada said, adding that work of vaccinating children above 12 years and below 18 years of age is already underway since December 19.

Minister Khatiwada also shared that the government has made preparations for the prevention and control of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus and treating the infected persons.

He said the government has made holding centers and made arrangements for ICU, ventilators, and oxygen plants at hospitals. The health minister said discussion is on between the government and the insurance companies so that the beneficiaries can get the insurance amount the policy for which was bought by the citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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