K M Dayashankar
ADILABAD: In order to remove inhibitions about the Covid-19 vaccine, the district administration had launched a special vaccination drive on a mission mode in all the tribal villages in the district to achieve cent per cent vaccination of tribals.
Accordingly, Collector Sikta Patnaik had personally visited the tribal habitation of Rampur village in Gadiguda mandal in the district on Thursday to oversee the vaccination programme. On this occasion, she said that the inoculation programme was going successfully with the village elders, local bodies representatives and others in the village. She appealed to the villagers to get vaccinated to protect them from the deadly virus during the ensuing Dasara and other festivals.
Initially, the villagers in this tribal dominant had refused to take vaccines. However, the Collector convinced the villagers by organising meetings with the village community, local leaders and ensured that they had been vaccinated. A 104-year woman Narmada Bhai was the first to get vaccinated in the village to motivate other villagers.
Now, against the total of 13,900 eligible villagers to get the vaccine, 9,000 villagers were vaccinated. She said that they would achieve cent per cent vaccination in the coming two to three days in the village. She informed all the villagers including pregnant women to get vaccinated and there was no problem.
On this occasion, she said that they were taking all measures for the development of the village by providing them with drinking water supply to each and every household, laying of roads, Anganwadi centre and solving the land issues. She said that she had referred some issues to the state government for solving the same.
The authorities had also empowered the tribals about providing medical services through 102 ambulances to all including pregnant women. DMHO Dr Narender Rathode, local medical officer Pawan Kumar, DRDO Ravinde Rathode, MPP Yogesh, Sarpanch Athram Maheshwari, MPDO Rameshwar, tahsildar Arka Mothiram and others were also present.