Over 1000 polling booths in Assam to be used as data points to identify unvaccinated citizens: Health Min
Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta on Saturday announced that the government will use data from the 1,204 polling booths, set up during the last state elections, to identify citizens who haven’t been vaccinated in the city.
Addressing the press in Guwahati, Mahanta said, "Each polling booth has a list of voters, which means there are 1,204 voter lists. We will use them to contact every voter/resident of Guwahati and enquire about their vaccination status. For this purpose, already 1,204 Block Level Officers (BLOs) have been trained in a vaccination verification programme at Kamrup (M) Deputy Commissioner's Office on August 20.”
The health minister informed that the BLOs will be visiting every house accompanied by an ASHA worker and a Nagarik Committee member or gaonburah, depending on the area. “The three-member team will make house-to-house inspections starting from August 21 for three days till August 23. Post that a detailed report will be prepared under the guidance of Deputy Commissioner Kamrup(M) and health department officials,” he said.
Mahanta further added that every polling station shall function as a COVID Vaccine Center for a week starting August 25. “And non-vaccinated persons shall be administered doses in this period on mission mode,” he said.
Mahanta also informed that a special missed call facility number - '8929103776 - has been created for the Kamrup (M) district which can also be used by residents of Guwahati to give missed calls and get assistance in this regard. “On receiving a missed call, the health officials will contact the concerned person and allot him the date and venue for vaccination,” he said, adding that the department has already received 250 calls till 10:30 am on Saturday.
Notably, 10,51,451 (94.96%) residents of the city have already been administered the first dose of the vaccine and around 3,58,784 (32.40%) have completed both doses.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)
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