Odisha Seeks Govt, Pvt Hospital Covid Vaccine Allocation Ratio At 95:5

Bhubaneswar: The State government today urged the Centre to revise the Government and Private Hospital vaccine allocation ratio to 95:5 instead of the 75:25 ratio, keeping in mind the ground reality in Odisha.

Additional Chief Secretary (Health) PK Mohapatra has written a letter to the Union Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare today in this regard.

Quoting Revised Guidelines for Implementation of Covid Vaccination Programme published on 8th June, which will come into force across the country from June 21st, Mohapatra has stated, “It has been mentioned that 25% of monthly production of vaccines by domestic manufacturers can be directly procured by Private Hospitals. However, till date, only four private hospitals in Odisha have been able to procure vaccines directly from the manufacturers”.

“You are aware that in Odisha the presence of Private Hospitals is very low and limited to only about 5% of the total health care sector in the State. Hence it is apprehended that as per the existing guidelines, Odisha will lose out on its proportionate share of 25 per cent allocation of vaccines to the private sector,” the letter explains.

In view of the low presence of private health care sector in Odisha, it is requested that for the State of Odisha, the Government: Private vaccine allocation ratio of 75:25 may be revised to 95:5 ratio, keeping in mind the ground reality, the letter stated.

Further, the share of the private sector may be handed to the State government for subsequent mobilization and allocation to private hospitals, the letter added.