Guwahati, Jan 2: A dry run for coronavirus vaccination was conducted in all eight north-eastern states today as part of the nationwide drill under the suoervision of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The first such drill was held on December 28 and 29 in two north-western districts of Assam -- Sonitpur and Nalbari -- along with many districts in Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, and Gujarat.
The vaccination drill was held in Kamrup Metro district of Assam today, apart from at least two districts each in the rest of the north-eastern states.
Assam's National Health Mission (NHM) Director Lakshmanan S supervised the dry run was a success at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, Sonapur Civil Hospital, and Khanapara State Dispensary in Kamrup Metropolitan district of Assam.
The objective of the ry run is to assess the preparedness for the actual drive and to plug any loopholes in the system before the vaccine is administered to the people.
In Tripura, the drill was carried out at the Indira Gandhi Memorial State Hospital in Agartala and two primary health centres in west Tripura district.
In Manipur, the drill went ahead without any problem at five locations each in Imphal West and Thoubal districts.
In Meghalaya, Health and Family Welfare Commissioner and Secretary Sampath Kumar said that the dry run was conducted in the districts of East Khasi Hills and West Garo Hills.
"The central government's protocols were followed for this dry run," he said.
In Mizoram, 25 volunteers participated in the drill at two primary health centres at ITI Urban Public Health Centre in Aizawl East health district and Chawlhhmun PHC in Aizawl West health district.
All arrangements for the drill were made by the Mizoram Directorate of Health Services as per the guidelines of National Expert Group on Vaccination of Covid-19.
In Nagaland, the vaccination drill was held at the School of Nursing at the Dimapur district hospital.
Apart from staff of designated vaccination centres, a select group of healthcare workers as test vaccine beneficiaries were involved in the dry run. Each centre will identify 25 beneficiaries for the drill.