- Yogi Adityanath said in the interview that 2.3 crore doses have been given in UP.
- A campaign to fight vaccine hesitation will begin in 97,000 villages
- Spreading rumors and misleading people is a crime, identifying such people and taking action is necessary.
- States reduced testing but in UP three lakh tests daily
There was devastation all over the world due to the ‘deadliest virus of the century’. In India too, this corona epidemic ruined hundreds of homes. The first phase in Uttar Pradesh passed without any major damage. The second phase
UP government has announced ‘Operation 10 Crore’ – What is your plan to achieve such a big target of vaccinating 10 crore people in three months?
People may feel that we have not vaccinated enough people. We have given 2.3 crore doses in UP so far. But our target is based on the availability of vaccines.
We are looking at a target of 1 crore vaccinations in June. However, in July and August there will be a lot of vaccines available. The Center is targeting 1 crore people a day and if 30 crore doses are available in a month, UP will be able to get a larger number of doses. We have been saying that the dose should be allocated to UP according to its population, not according to the infection rate.
Till now the distribution of vaccine was according to the level of infection. In Maharashtra, the positivity rate was high and hence more doses were allotted to them.
In April, when the Center wanted to assess the vaccine capacity of the states, UP gave 6 lakh shots in a single day. If we get enough vaccines, we will target 10-12 lakh doses a day. In this way we will be able to vaccinate 10 crore people in three months.
Vaccines are distributed among states according to the positivity rate and the number of active cases. The Center has now agreed to our demand that the population should be taken care of while distributing the vaccine. We have started arranging and training syringes. We will also provide vaccines training to second and third year nursing and pharmacy students.
When I visited the villages last month, I found people surrounded by strange fears. We will soon launch a campaign to fight vaccine hesitation in 97,000 villages in the state.
Your government has claimed that when the cases of Kovid-19 were increasing in the state, then the era of fake news and misinformation was going on?
Spreading fake news and misinformation. It was meant to undermine and derail the efforts being made by the state and the Center to contain the pandemic. I think the opposition parties in the country have a hand in this and their role in the country’s crisis should be reviewed. Some organizations also played a dubious role in this difficult time and they need to introspect. Irresponsible statements and misleading information on various platforms increased the anxiety and panic among the people.
There were allegations on social media of suppressing the voice of people seeking help on the government…?
it is not true. We have a CM helpline number which is operated by 500 trained youth. This team tries to do everything possible to help the people facing the problem. In addition, there are Integrated COVID Control Command Centers in every district. All these centers have a large number of people to manage the COVID cases. But an attempt has been made to spread rumors and mislead people. This is a crime. There is a need to identify such people and take action.
There has been a lot of discussion about Kovid testing in UP?
I have reviewed the situation of Kovid-19 in the state every day since the pandemic broke out. Virtually linked to this review if I haven’t personally lived in Lucknow. I can tell the number of Kovid cases, cured people, Kovid deaths, number of corona tests, even RTPCR tests conducted in private institutions in the state. I also do death audits for the districts. The testing data of each individual is available with the Integrated COVID-19 Command and Control Center. Not only this, a team of 1,500 qualified persons working under the UP CM helpline took random feedback from the districts on various parameters like testing, home isolation etc. When cases declined, many states also reduced testing, but UP did not. We continued to do more than three lakh tests per day.
There was an uproar over the bodies floating in the river and buried on the banks. There were allegations that despite your government providing assistance of Rs 5,000 for the last rites of the Kovid victims, people dumped the bodies instead of performing the last rites. Was there any lapse at the ground level to address these issues?
The financial aid was announced last year. There have been many such cases when people did not come to collect the dead bodies of those who died. The government has been urging people to perform last rites of bodies and not to throw them in rivers. The incident of throwing the dead body of a person in the river in Balrampur district is an example of this. Many of these cases are the result of rumors and misconceptions. Also, many people faced financial problems in cremation of dead bodies. So we allocated funds from the State Finance Commission. People had questioned the number of people being cremated and the number of deaths due to Kovid. This is strange, as the government was only releasing the data on Covid-related deaths. Death due to natural and other reasons was not taking the name of stopping.