In an effort to save lives amid rising cases of Covid-9 positives, the Maram Centre village under Senapati district has decided to become the first village in the district as well as Manipur state to get vaccination among the villagers for 18 years and above starting from today. The vaccination drive was carried out under PHC, Maram with assistance from all professionally trained medical practitioners of the village.
Briefing media persons, Alphones Daniel, Maram Centre Covid Task Force Convenor stated that the villagers are targeting for cent percent vaccination for Covid-9. He stated that it was a very challenging task with different media spreading not to take the vaccine which has influenced lots in the village too. However, under the able leadership of public leaders and the village authority along with mobilization from the village youth could enable them to take this step.
Maram Centre village under Senapati district is reportedly one of the most vulnerable village as the two National Highways comprising of the Asian Highway-1 (NH-2) NH-129 (A) (Maram-Peren Road) converged at Maram Centre with the Don Bosco Hr. Sec. School, the Don Bosco College, 6 private hostels run by school and college administration, between 2 big battalions of Assam Rifles and one of a heavy transit areas in the district. The only way to help the people is to get vaccinated in spite of lots of propagandas going round the corner had asked the PHC, Maram in getting the vaccination. The approximate population of the village stands at about 1,200 where the convenor of village task force mentioned to have achieved the vaccination by 30% in the past and this day is targeted to achieve more than 90% except some pregnant mothers and those who have allergy were left out. Around 700-800 population of the village are stated to belong to 18 years and above. The big task of the youth volunteers was by going house to house and had brought to get vaccinated. To other physically challenged people would be visited by a team of medical practitioners as confirmed by the villagers on the spot. The villagers would like to give a message to other people is that the only way that one could help the Govt and the medical department to stop from the virus is to get vaccinated and stay safe.
Dr. Anthony, MO in charge, PHC, Maram in his statement mentioned that the first ever 100% vaccinations among the general populace in the state/district under the initiative of the Maram Centre village leaders. Different other villages and colonies have started approaching the PHC for the same. In this connection, the MO in charge lauded the responsible leaders of such village to have realised the need to have mobilised the whole villagers to get vaccinated as it is the only cure for the virus. The Don Bosco Hr. Sec. Principal, sisters, shopkeepers from bazaar areas have reportedly vaccinated with covishield on the day.
Beneficiaries reported that they are fortunate to get vaccinated this day and expressed happiness to see big crowd to get vaccinated. Having vaccinated, they mentioned that they felt relieved and no side effect after the vaccination urging other to get vaccinated too to free from the virus. Some other stated to have vaccinated asking the other what about them.
The beneficiaries were seated in different row to see if there is any side effect after the vaccination. The MO in charge stated that AEFI kit was in store to administer if there occur any side effect post vaccination. No beneficiary was reported to have side effect post vaccination. Altogether, 370 beneficiaries were given the first dose of covishield with 1 differently abled person, 1 frontline worker from persons above 18+ and 68 for 45 years and above.
While the ADC members of ADC, Senapati were engaged in providing meals to all who are in different quarantine centres at Senapati, the Maram Centre villagers provided all necessary provisions for those were quarantined at Don Bosco Hr. Sec., Maram Centre during the first wave last year. The Maram Students Union (MKS) lauded everyone having seen the activities undertaken by the villagers and the medical team for the vaccination. The student body also visited the PHC, Maram and were disappointed to find that the PHC was issued only 1 B-type cylinder without regulator and other essential equipments which are not ready for use. The body appeals the concerned authority to immediately do the needful at this critical hour.