North Delhi Municipal Corporation mayor visited four hospitals, including Hindu Rao Hospital, Kasturba, Balak Ram and Mrs. Girdhari lal Maternity hospital, on Tuesday to inspect the arrangements.
Around 60 municipal doctors and paramedical staff have been engaged in the process. The services started after all paramedical staff ended the strike last week following payment of pending salaries.
“At Hindu Rao, we have two centres, while rest three hospitals have one centre each for Covid-19 vaccination. To begin with, our doctors and nurses took the vaccination being frontline warriors and then there were other health care workers coming from nearby hospitals. Anyone who has registered on Co-WIN application and approved by the district administration can visit for vaccination,” said north DMC mayor Jai Prakash.
On Tuesday, 185 beneficiaries were vaccinated at the four hospitals and there was no report of adverse reaction, a north corporation official said. “At each centre, a limit for administering 100 vaccinations was given. Of the total target of vaccinating 200 beneficiaries at Hindu Rao, 67 turned up on Tuesday. At Kasturba it was 34, Mrs Girdhar Lal 13 and 71 at Balak Ram hospital,” the official added.
Being a tertiary hospital, Hindu Rao has made all preparations to support the other three hospitals in case of emergency. “Besides arranging for a makeshift ICU at the Hindu Rao centre, we have readied all support systems including ICU, CCU and advance life support ambulance. We have engaged specialists as well in this exercise in addition to nodal officers and a medical superintendent who are ensuring everything is in place,” said an official.
Of the four hospitals, Covaxin is administered at three hospitals including Hindu Rao, Girdhari Lal and Kasturba and Covishield at Balak Ram.
In east Delhi too, a vaccination centre started at Swami Dayanand Hospital. “We’ve engaged three doctors and four nursing staff in addition to paramedics and civil defence volunteers provided,” said east corporation mayor Nirmal Jain.