Bhubaneswar: Close on the heels of the first phase dry run conducted at all the 30 district headquarters hospitals (DHHs) state-wide and Capital Hospital here, Odisha Government opted for a second phase dry run today in a bid to assess any problems at the rural vaccination centres.
Accordingly, the ambitious Covid-19 vaccination dry run was held today at 110 session sites of Odisha and it was done at all the CHCs, PHCs, medical colleges and 11 private hospitals.
Sources said that 25 recipients were administered the dummy vaccine at each site. In case of any side-effects within 30 minutes of the post-vaccination period, the recipient is immediately kept under Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) kit in the observation room.
The dry run was also conducted today at the Unit IV government hospital here in the capital city which was attended by (NHM) mission director Shalini Pandit and State Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) director Bijay Panigrahi.
In his media reactions, Health Director Bijay Panigrahi said, “The first phase dry run has already been completed earlier. It was conducted at all our district headquarters hospitals (DHHs) and Capital Hospital. This second phase dry run is being done at various levels in the districts. It includes the sub-divisional hospitals, CHCs, PHCs and UPHCs in the urban areas. In addition, the dry run was also done today at some private hospitals and medical colleges.”
“By involving all sorts of facilities in the dry run, we can assess the problem if any at any facility. Today’s dry run helped us detect that. Suppose we are doing today’s dry run in the rural areas. We can know the connectivity problem,” the H&FW Director explained.