Sonowal while handling over a freezer box containing vaccines urged upon the administering officials to maintain a humane approach, educate the recipients of the vaccines to make the drive fruitful.
He was also present at the site when Principal of Assam Medical College and Hospital Dr. Sanjiv Kakati received the first shot of the vaccine. He also remained present and talked to other recipients namely Dr. R.P. Medhi, Dr. Girin Gogoi, Dr. Shantanu Lahakar and Dr. Hem Chandra Kakati. The Chief Minister held discussion with other doctors and paramedics who will be in charge of carrying out the vaccination drive.
Sonowal termed the day as a red letter day. After months of hard toil, the scientists have produced the vaccine to save humanity from the scourge of the virus. He also attributed the development to the unrelenting patronage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s call for Atmanirbhar Bharat. He said that the thrust for Atmanirbhar Bharat has created the platform for the Indian health scientists to produce the vaccine. He on behalf of the people of the state, expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister for his inspiring leadership. He at the same time sought cooperation from all sections of the people of the state to make the inoculation drive in Assam a success.
He said that in Assam on the first phase, vaccination drive will be carried out in 65 session sites opened in seven medical colleges and 24 civil hospitals and the health workers will get the first shots of the vaccine followed by others.
In Arunachal Pradesh senior Medical Officer, Dr Thutan Tsering of Khadro Drowa Sangmo (KDS) Hospital here became the first of the district to be administered the Corona vaccine in presence of Chief Minister Pema Khandu, as part of the first leg of the country wide COVID 19 vaccine drive.
Khandu congratulated Dr Tsering and said the first step towards victory over corona virus has begun. He also lauded the health workers of the district for containing the virus despite being one of the most visited place by tourists in the region.
Khandu visited the under-construction IPD ward of the district Hospital and took stock of the progress from the DC, DMO and the Medical superintendent.
He also visited the temporary indoor patient block and interacted with patients besides distributing fruits and essentials.