Delhi’s Rajiv Gandhi Hospital To Have First COVID-19 Vaccine Storage Facility In City

by Yogita Chainani
Delhi’s Rajiv Gandhi Hospital To Have First COVID-19 Vaccine Storage Facility In City

Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the world and how. With trials taking place in various countries, everyone is now hoping to get a vaccine as soon as possible. India too is in the race to get the first covid-19 vaccine. And now as per latest updates, the Delhi government-run Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital will be the city’s first storage facility for COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s everything you must know about it. Meanwhile, Maharashtra Mandates COVID Negative Certificate For People Coming From Delhi, Gujarat, Goa & Rajasthan. 

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Delhi Has Enough Space And Utilities To Store The Vaccine For Its Population

The Union Health Ministry has surveyed the building and on this, BL Sherwal, the managing director of the hospital, said to PTI,

“The Delhi government had asked us to provide space to store vaccines. We have a three-storeyed building which can be used for this purpose. It has around 8,000-metre square area where vaccines can be stored.

On this, he further added,

“Some work needs to be done to convert it into a cold storage facility. The doors need to be enlarged to ensure entry of deep freezers. More power points will be needed.”

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Delhi Government Is Collecting Data Of Health Care Workers Who Are At Top Of The Priority List 

In terms of infrastructure and equipment, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that the city has enough arrangement to vaccinate the capital’s entire population in a few weeks once the vaccine is made available to the country. From Mohalla clinics to hospitals, there are enough places in the city, where people can get the shots administered. Not only Health Minister Satyendar Jain but Delhi’s Immunization Officer Suresh Seth also said that the national capital is all set for the COVID-19 vaccination programme. For the population, Delhi as a whole can be covered in a month.

He added,

“We have 600 cold storage points and around 1,800 outreach sites for the universal immunization programme for children. We have sufficient equipment for vaccines that can be stored at a temperature of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius and those that need minus 15 to minus 25 degrees Celsius. The central government is further strengthening the infrastructure and providing more equipment.”

Speaking about the medical staff and facilities, he added,

“If we involve hospital staff and nurses etc, we can easily vaccinate the entire population in a month,” he said, adding that at present, the Delhi government is collecting data of health care workers who are at top of the priority list of the Delhi government.”