As several districts of Bihar reel under floods caused by heavy rains, health officials of the state are leaving no stone unturned to vaccinate all the eligible beneficiaries against the deadly coronavirus. Health officials in the flood-hit districts in state have started a new campaign, ‘Tika Wali Naav’ which means vaccination on boat, under which dedicated boats have been pressed into service to vaccinate people. This unique boat service has been started in several flooded areas in Muzaffarpur and East Champaran districts.
Three vaccination boats have been earmarked into service in East Champaran’s flood-affected areas like Banjaria, Jatwa, Janerwa and Phulwar.
Two such boats were also launched in Muzaffarpur’s Katra block. Till now, more than 70 people have taken the vaccine shots in the block through these special boats.
Each boat has a doctor and a data operator. The boats will also have two Auxiliary nurse midwives (ANM), two verifiers, divers, and sailors. The availability of the boat will be ensured by the district administration while ANMs and divers have been provided by the health department.
The initiative was appreciated by the Ministry of health who took to their official twitter handle to post a picture of a Covid-19 vaccination centre.