Sunday, Jan 17, 2021 08:15 [IST]
Last Update: Sunday, Jan 17, 2021 02:36 [IST]
KOLKATA, (IANS): The Covid-19 vaccination drive began in West Bengal on Saturday with a doctor of a private hospital receiving the first shot, while Minister of State for Labour Nirmal Maji was administered the Covishield vaccine at the Kolkata Medical College and Hospital, officials said.
Bengal's Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim told the media that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee personally monitored the vaccination drive across the state.
According to the health officials, around 1,800 frontline health workers on Saturday were selected for the innoculation drive at 212 session sites, including medical colleges, private facilities and primary healthcare centres in the districts across the state.
Doctor Bipasha Seth, the first person to receive the shot, said : "It's a great day for the humanity. I feel delighted after receiving the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine."
Maji after vaccinated at the Kolkata Medical College and Hospital, said that he believes that the vaccine would eradicate the dreaded disease soon.
Hakim said, "Today is a great day for all of us and I believe we may gradually emerge from the pandemic as the dreaded coronavirus has already claimed a huge number of lives across the world and also in India."
The Minister said that all the adversaries and distress of the people for the past one year expected to be over.Health officials said that approximately 90,000 frontline health workers associated with government and private hospitals and health care centres have been registered for the first phase of vaccination in West Bengal.
In Kolkata, SSKM Hospital, Kolkata Medical College Hospital, Neel Ratan Sarkar Hospital, R.G. Kar Hospital, School of Tropical Medicine and B.C. Roy Child Hospital have been selected as the vaccination hubs.
The vaccination drive in West Bengal witnessed some hurdles on the first day after the health officials faced technical troubles in operating the Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network (CoWIN) application, developed by the Centre to monitor and track all the systematic process of vaccination.
Health workers confronted difficulties while they tried to upload the necessary data about beneficiaries receiving the vaccine dose on the CoWIN app as the online application was reported to have delayed impeding its operation. However, officials said that the online processes are being done manually.