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Anti-COVID vaccination to start Wednesday in Western Nepal

The provincial health directorate is initiating the vaccination program from tomorrow. A total of 12 hospitals in Karnali have been designated as the vaccination centers, said the Director of the directorate Dr Rabin Khadka.
(A van stands parked waiting to transport AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccines, manufactured under license by Serum Institute of India, at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. India sent 1 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine to Nepal on Thursday, a gift that is likely to help repair strained ties between the two neighbors. Photo: Niranjan Shrestha-AP)

SURKHET:- Covishield, the vaccine against COVID-19 has arrived in Karnali province from the central government on Monday night. A total of 24,000 vile of the vaccine were transported to Karnali via the Nepalgunj cold store after it was received from Kathmandu.
The provincial health directorate is initiating the vaccination program from tomorrow. A total of 12 hospitals in Karnali have been designated as the vaccination centers, said the Director of the directorate Dr Rabin Khadka. These include eight district hospitals and the provincial hospital in Birendranagar, Mehelkuna hospital, Surkhet, the Karnali Institute of Health Sciences, Jumla, Chaurjahari community hospital, West Rukum.
The arrangement has been made to airlift the vaccine to the mountain districts of Karnali namely Humla, Jumla, Mugu, and Dolpa, and to other districts via road from the provincial headquarters, Birendranagar.
The vaccine will be administered in two doses, and the second after 28 days of the first dose, Khadka said. The province plans to immunize frontline workers including the health workers, cleaning staff, security persons involved in body management, ambulance drivers, and women health volunteers.
According to the latest statistics of the Social Development Ministry, a total of 7,495 people in the province have been confirmed positive for Corona Virus, with 29 deaths so far.

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