KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Monday visited the centres for ‘Johnson & Johnson’ vaccination campaign against COVID-19 pandemic.
The Prime Minister reached the Nepal Orthopedic Hospital, Jorpati; Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), Maharajgunj; Bir Hospital-based COVID-19 Central Unified Hospital and the Patan Academy of Health Sciences (Patan Hospital), Lalitpur to oversee the vaccination drive.
At the Central Unified Hospital, Deputy Director Dr Ashesh Dhungel briefed the Prime Minister about the campaign. On the occasion, the Prime Minister was accompanied by US Ambassador for Nepal, Randy Berry.
Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Population, Laxam Aryal and Hospital Executive Director Dr Jageshwor Gautam apprised the Prime Minister about hospital activities.
Hospital’s executive director Dr Gautam said 1,000 people would be given the jab today.
The US government had provided 1.534 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines to Nepal under the COVAX facility on July 12. Only one dose of this vaccine needs to be administered.
Before this, the Covishield from Serum Institute India and China’s Sinopharm’s VeroCell vaccines were administered on priority basis.
Chief of the Child Health and Welfare Section of the Department of Health Services, Dr Jhalak Sharma Gautam said the Johnson & Johnson vaccines are being administered in Kathmandu Valley, Kavre and some districts of the Gandaki province from today.
The vaccine is given to people from 50 years to 54 years of age, people who are completely handicapped, the refugees living in Nepal, health workers of health facilities and sanitation workers and those who missed their first shot before this. He said the vaccines would be supplied throughout the country soon.
So far 6.582 million doses of vaccines have arrived in Nepal.