Jamshedpur, June 25: Leading health hub, Tata Main Hospital (TMH) reached a significant milestone in the drive against COVID-19 with the vaccination coverage crossing one lakh population mark on Friday. The hospital has administered 101453 vaccines so far. Out of these, 12,051 have received both the doses.
During a telephonic media interaction, Dr Rajan Choudhry, advisor, and former general manager, medical services, Tata Steel said that the one lakh figures include all the platforms including Tata group companies. TMH is providing vaccination at XLRI and KSMS campuses. The hospital has administered Covishield to most of the people as this vaccine was received in bulk by the health hub.
The advisor said that even after vaccination, one must continue to follow COVID-19 appropriate behavior including wearing of mask, hand sanitisation, social distancing and avoid crowded places.
Dr Choudhry said that increasing the speed of vaccination is the only way to win the battle against the pandemic. The transmission of the viral spread was much higher in the second wave. He said that as the vaccination gathers speed the situation will become normal.
“Though the second wave is much higher in intensity than the first wave, the presence of vaccines makes the difference currently. The vaccine will develop the third immunity to fight the virus,” said Dr Choudhry.
The overall Covid-19 positivity rate continues to decline in the city, raising hope that the worst of the second wave is over. TMH has reported a positivity rate 2.45 per cent. The admissions have reduced to three per day this week. The recovery rate has improved to 84.21 per cent.
Tata Main Hospital (TMH) has also started taking preventive measures to combat the third wave of Covid- 19. Apart from improving bed infrastructure, they have launched training modules for their staff to help them prepare to fight the next wave. “We need to be very careful in view of the next wave and continue to use masks and avoid crowding places,” he noted.
Dr Choudhry reiterated that despite the fall people should continue to avoid crowding, wear masks and follow social distancing. This will reduce the chances of spread of the virus. If we remain serious about the protocols the virus will further reduce significantly.
The advisor further informed that with the onset of Monsoon, there is a threat of water borne diseases rising in the city. A general alert has been sounded on Dengue, Japanese Encephalitis, (JE) the viral disease caused by a flavivirus that infects animals and humans, have surfaced forcing the district health department to roll on sleeves.