The chief ministers have assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that state governments are ready with adequate health infrastructure to tackle the ongoing third Covid-19 wave.
At a meeting convened by Modi on Thursday, the chief ministers said there was adequate oxygen supply, concentrators and trained manpower, and also proper containment strategy to deal with the pandemic situation.
Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin assured the state’s support to the Centre in managing the third wave and said the state was fully prepared to manage the Omicron threat. “We are fully prepared to manage this Omicron wave. After my government took over, we increased the number of vaccinations,” Stalin said.
Sharing vaccination statistics, he said 64% of the eligible population have been fully vaccinated. In addition, ‘74% of those in the 15-18 age group have been covered’. “We have activated war rooms at both state and district levels. Covid Care Centres have been started in all cities,” Stalin said.
Modi laid emphasis on the need to expand vaccine coverage. Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren said his state would meet vaccination targets soon. Jharkhand’s vaccine uptake has been lower than the national average. He said Jharkhand lagged in the vaccination drive due to backwardness and terrain.
“Till now 80% of the eligible adult population have received the first dose and 50% are fully vaccinated. About 22% of the 15-18 age group have received the first dose,” Soren said, assuring that the government will soon achieve the vaccination target.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee spoke about the increase in cases and the state government’s preparedness. She also said that the positivity rate in the state, especially capital Kolkata, has increased due to the festive season and assured that the state administration was prepared to tackle it.
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma thanked the PM for ₹670 crore Emergency Covid Response Package, which ‘helped the state ramp up its health infrastructure’.