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Arunachal’s remotest dist Changlang intensifies jab drive through “vaccination challenge”

Changlang, one of the remotest district of Arunachal Pradesh sharing international boundary with Myanmar have intensified the Covid-19 vaccination drive and within three days 50% of the population were vaccinated.

Speaking to Newsmove on Friday morning over phone, Changlang Deputy Commissioner Devansh Yadav said, “Within three days we have vaccinated 50% population in Changlang district which was bit slow earlier. We have been catering about 10 to 12% population but we have intensified the vaccination drive and successfully vaccinated the people.”

Changlang has managed to get 50% of its 18-44 population (total 44,336), and over 90 per cent of its 45+ age group (numbering 20,227) vaccinated with a first dose.

A majority of this was done over a three-day long campaign held by the district administration last week, as part of which a “vaccination challenge” was announced for the 12 health centres under Changlang.

“The idea of the competition had come after the rising Covid cases in the district. With 194 active cases as of June 20, Changlang ranks third highest in the state. A few weeks ago, the active case load had crossed 400. We realised to vaccinate the people as fast we could. It is very tough to vaccinate the entire population due to bad road and constant rain but we have achieved success because of the dedicated health workers,” Yadav said.

Yadav further said, “We gave medical officers daily targets based on the population in a cricle and announced cash awards. The first prize(for maximum vaccinations in a day) was Rs 2 lakh, the second Rs 1 lakh and the third Rs 75,000.”

He said the officer could use the prize money to develop infrastructure or meet any requirement at their health centres.

On Friday evening, Yadav tweeted three photographs, of health workers on a boat, a pick-up truck and a JCB excavator, with the caption, “Rivers, hills or slushy routes — our vaccination teams on the job!”

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