Tripura Jul,21 (ILNS): The Tripura High court on Monday lauded the efforts of healthcare and front line workers and the participation of the general public in the state in receiving sufficient vaccination dozes and said, “There seems to be little or no vaccine hesitancy in the State and all are willing to get the same.”
While hearing a Suo moto PIL on Covid-19 management, The Division Bench of Chief Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice S Talapatra said, ” We gather from a public statement made by Siddharth Shib Jaiswal, Director of National Health Mission, that as of July 13, 2021, almost 100% of the population of the State over 45 years and 57% of the 18-44 years had received the first dose. Together 79.45% of the total eligible population had been administered the first dose of the vaccine. 55.59% population above the age group of 45 had received the second dose as well.
Lauding the state machinery, the court said, “These figures are quite impressive and could not have been achieved without selfless and tireless work by the health workers and the frontline workers, nor could have been achieved without the wholehearted participation of the population of the State. The very fact that 100% of the population over 45 years of age has volunteered to receive the vaccines, shows that there is little or no vaccine hesitancy in our State. This would imply that given a steady and sufficient supply of vaccine doses, large-scale vaccination can be carried out effectively in coming months”, the Court observed.
The Court showed concern on an aspect emerging from the public information distribution system that on July 9, 2021, Deep Debbarma, State Surveillance Officer under the Director of Health and Family Welfare, had stated that out of 151 samples of Covid positive patients sent for laboratory analysis, as many as 138 Delta Plus Variants were detected.
On the next day, the Government of India issued a statement that none of the samples out of 151 which were analyzed by the Central Laboratory were detected Delta Plus Variant. The Court said, “We do not have an official statement on the reasons for such a discrepancy.”
The Court said, that the official public communications by responsible State officers must carry accurate information. Such inadvertent inaccuracy in public statements undermines the confidence of the people in the data being supplied and in cases like the present one, has the propensity to spread fear.
The Court was also informed by the Advocate General that a helpline number has been installed to assist in the registration for people for vaccination who do not have access to internet facilities. This helpline has been made operational and wide publicity has been given to enable the people to access the available facility, the AG said.
The Court said this is an important issue in the sphere of healthcare, it is not all about sheer numbers. It is equally important to ensure that the treatment should be given to the marginalized and underprivileged section of the society as well, who perhaps needs it more than others.ILNS/BG/SNG