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HC orders action against rumour-mongers

Govt aims at cent percent vaccination

Shillong, Aug 9: The  High Court of Meghalaya has asked the police to take action against those who spread rumours regarding the efficacy of vaccination.

During the hearing of the pending PIL on  Monday, the court wanted action taken report in the next hearing on August 17.

The state  government is targeting 100 percent,  vaccination against Covid-19 at the earliest.

“Our intention is to complete 100 percent of the vaccination. If we can achieve this, the restrictions will no longer be there,” Health Minister Prestone Tynsong told reporters after a meeting to review the situation in the state.

The problem of hesitancy happens in both rural and urban areas, he said adding that the government is trying its best to make sure that fear psychosis is removed from the mindset of the citizens of the state.

Tynsong said the target of the government in the next few weeks up to end of September is to achieve 70 per cent of the vaccination.

Director of Health Services (MI) Dr Aman War said that the situation as of now is near normal.

“From the beginning what happened is that we have said we have to learn to live with the virus so this near normal is approaching gradually so till we reach the normal situation, the near normal is a reality,” he said.

To a question on the high rate of casualty due to Covid-19, Dr War said, “We have seen that when the unvaccinated reach the hospital if they crossed the variant from moderate to severe, it is very difficult for them to come out so you will see that the mortality rate is very high among the unvaccinated that is why we are initiating this vaccination in a manner which is more appropriate.”

War added that the period when the state achieves 75 percent, ‘it will be the time when everybody comes and works together and then we  have the ownership as it is not only the government who owns this, when everybody takes ownership, it will not only be 75 percent but it is 95 percent that we are looking at.’

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