Raipur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Friday urged that the cost of COVID-19 vaccines should be uniform for the Centre as well as states. Baghel, during the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urged that, “The cost of COVID-19 vaccines should be same for both Centre and state government.
Chhattisgarh CM also urged that the states, who are producing the life-saving drugs, not to obstruct the supply of the same. He also asked the Centre to provide an ‘action plan’ for the vaccination drive for all above age 18 years, which will start on May 1.
“Please provide an action plan for vaccine availability to the states for running vaccination drive for those above 18 years of age from May 1,” he added. Baghel had earlier written a letter to Prime Minister about the same issues he raised during the meeting. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had chaired a meeting through video conference with the Chief Ministers of the high burden states over the prevailing COVID-19 situation there. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, and officials of the Health Minister were present at the meeting along with the Chief Ministers of the various states.
In a letter to PM Modi, on April 22, the Baghel-led government sought necessary information to prepare a comprehensive action plan to administer free vaccinations for all the citizens of the age group of 18 years and above in Chhattisgarh.
According to official data, there are 1,22,751 active cases of COVID-19 in Chhattisgarh. It reported 16,750 new cases in the last 24 hours, however, it is the only big state, except Tripura, which has registered a fall in new active cases with 1,196 cases in the last 24 hours. The death toll in the state reached 207 cased while number of discharges stood at 17,739 cases in the last 24 hours, according to Health Ministry data.
On the other hand, there are signs of worry for the state is active which stands at 20.07 per cent as against national average of 14.93 per cent. The state’s death ratio stands at 1.10 per cent lower than the national death rate of 1.15 per cent.