At the start of this year, Sikkim conducted the dry run on COVID 19 vaccination at the Urban Public Health Centre at Gangtok per the guidelines of the Union Ministry of Health. According to Dr P Denzongpa, Director RCH and immunization officer of Sikkim the dry run went on smoothly despite a limited preparatory period. She added that through the dry run some strengths and disadvantages of the vaccination process were also understood.
Denzongpa informed that as far as infrastructure (like cold storages etc) is concerned Sikkim had everything in place during the dry run. She also stated that the Government of Sikkim had written to the central health ministry requesting permission for postponing the dry run. However, this permission was denied. She added that incidentally the central guidelines had specified that the dry run should be conducted in three different venues. However, Sikkim being a small state, the central ministry eventually allowed it to hold the dry run at one single venue only.
Sikkim being a small state, the central ministry allowed it to hold the dry run at one single venueAnd for the actual vaccination roll out, all preparatory measures are being taken and training has also been conducted in the state. Denzongpa informed that all district hospitals and primary health centres already have the requisite infrastructure in place because routine vaccination drives have always been held across the state.
Denzongpa also stated that the state government has requested the centre for a buffer stock of vaccines that shall be administered to the priority groups and frontline workers. The state has also uploaded the list of the first beneficiaries that shall receive these first vaccine shots.
Presently Sikkim has approximately 530 active cases and the death toll is 129. A total of 69114 tests have been carried out of which 5911 positive cases have been detected. A little over 5157 patients have been discharged so far.