Chennai, Sept 19(bpNS)
Tamil Nadu health minister, Ma Subramanian has said that the Coimbatore district topped in vaccinating the highest percentage of the eligible population against Covid 19. He was speaking to reporters after inaugurating the second mega vaccination camp at Pollachi on Sunday.
The health minister said that Coimbatore district was leading in the state in terms of vaccinating the highest percentage of the eligible population in Tamil Nadu against Covid -19.
He said that of the 29,27,149 population aged above 18 in the district 75% had received their first dose while 25% received both doses. Ma Subramanian said that Coimbatore had done well the check the number of Covid cases in the district but the presence of 13 inter-state check posts with Kerala is a matter of concern for the state.
He said that the relentless effort of the Tamil Nadu health department and the stringent preventive measures taken by the Tamil Nadu government in setting up check posts in the border areas with Kerala ensured that Nipah and Zikah virus could not enter the state.
The state health minister said that even after precautions and strict measures, the state of Kerala was reporting more than 20,000 cases a day. He said that those entering Kerala to the state of Tamil Nadu have to show the RT-PCR negative certificate at the check posts and those without the certificate are sent back.
The minister said that the DMK government under Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin has been trying to get maximum vaccine quota allocated from the Central government. He said,” Before the DMK government assumed office the daily vaccination count was 61,440 but presently it is 2.49 lakh inoculations per day.”
Minister while speaking to BPNS said, “We are planning to inoculate at least 15 lakh people during the mega vaccination drive on Sunday and we have a stock of 16 lakh doses of vaccines.”
He also inaugurated two Oxygen generators installed at a cost of Rs 1.80 crore at the Government Headquarters hospital, Pollachi, and released a Covid -19 awareness video brought out by the Coimbatore district administration.
The health minister also visited the inter-state check post at Meenakshipuram in Coimbatore district bordering Kerala to check screening of people coming from Kerala.