In Ladakh, Lieutenant Governor Radha Krishna Mathur today virtually rolled out the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) in the Universal Immunization Programme for eligible children in Union Territory at Tourist Facilitation Center (TFC), Kargil. The three-dose immunization schedule (6th week, 14th week and 9 months of age) will protect children against pneumococcal diseases.
LG Mathur also virtually inaugurated three new 100 LPM oxygen generating plants at CHC, Drass, Padum Zanskar and CHC, Diskit Nubra under the PM CARES Fund which will further enhance the oxygen generating capacity and the preparations for tackling any possible 3rd wave of COVID-19 in the UT. With this, Ladakh will become first State/UT in the country to have 30-bedded facilities at CHC level having its own oxygen generating plant.
On the occasion, the LG also virtually launched the reimbursement scheme for travel expenses (air and road travel) of patients and their one attendant referred for specialised treatment outside the UT of Ladakh.
This scheme will benefit all residents of UT of Ladakh covered under PM-JAY and Universal Health Coverage Schemes which will help all those local residents who have registered under these schemes, and are having golden card. Each golden card holder will be eligible for cashless treatment up to five lakh rupees in all empanelled hospitals in the country.
The LG Ladakh declared that in case of 18 years and above population, almost 100 per cent vaccination has been covered in terms of the 1st dose which is an example in the country. He also said that in case of the population above 45 years, 62 per cent vaccination for second dose has been done so far and the UT Ladakh will achieve 100 per cent vaccination of both doses by the end of August, 2021.
LG Mathur expressed hope that the three de-centralized oxygen plants at Drass, Nubra and Zanskar will help in effectively dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. He also congratulated the people of Ladakh including all religious, political and social organizations for exemplary discipline and cooperation in restricting the COVID-19 pandemic in the UT. He also acknowledged the efforts of the COVID warriors especially the doctors and all other health care workers.
The LG stated that concerted and focussed efforts and preparations are underway and the UT is better prepared to deal with the 3rd wave with the present oxygen supply capacity of 2,300 litres per minute and steps are also being taken to achieve the target of 4,300 litres per minute oxygen capacity. He said that an experts’ committee has also been constituted to chalk out a plan of action for the contingency of 3rd wave and the committee is expected to submit its report soon.
With a view to extend health consultancy facilities for people in tertiary health care centres especially the rural and far flung areas in the UT, the LG said that efforts are on to establish tele-medicine facilities and provide mobile clinics for needy patients on pre-determined dates so that they can avail of health facilities.