Conrad interacts with PM, says vaccination still a concern for Meghalaya

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Shillong, Jul 13: Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma on Tuesday attended the Prime Minister’s interaction with Chief Ministers of the northeast.

During the interaction with the Prime Minister, Sangma pointed out that the big concern of Meghalaya still remains its vaccination drive.

“We are still below the national average in certain cases. We have taken up the vaccination drive on a mission mode,” the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also said that the state government has asked the MLAs, MDCs and also the civil society and religious leaders to help and contribute towards how they could enhance the vaccination drive.

Stating that in the last few days there have been positive results Sangma hoped that the rates of vaccination will go up even higher in the coming weeks and months.

“We are hopeful that if the State is able to intensify the vaccination drive by upto about 20,000 to 25,000 vaccinations per day, we expect to complete the vaccination of all the eligible population by the end of September or early October,” he added.

During the interaction with the Prime Minister, Sangma also thanked the Government of India for their continuous support during the pandemic.

The Chief Minister said that the Government of India has been generous in giving free vaccinations and at the same time the government of India has also supplied the state with PSA oxygen plants for different districts.

“Approximately, 14 of them have been sanctioned by the government of India and at the same time, oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators, and different healthcare equipment and infrastructure have been given by the Government of India,” Sangma said.

On the current Covid situation in the state, the Chief Minister during his interaction with Modi stated that in the rural areas the spread has been more and is taking time to come down completely even as he is expecting that the situation will improve in the next few weeks

“The positivity rate has come down below 10 percent for the state of Meghalaya. We are seeing two districts as of now, which are seeing 10 plus percentage of positivity rates,” Sangma told the Prime Minister.