Dr. N.K. Sinha (SIO) with Dr. Manoj Kumar Chaudhary (DIO Bhagalpur), Ms. Suparna (CARE representative), Md. Rashi (PCI District Coordinator) and Rajeev Ranjan Kumar (PCI Block Coordinator) at the Gokulpur session site.
Dr. N.K. Sinha (SIO) with Dr. Manoj Kumar Chaudhary (DIO Bhagalpur), Ms. Suparna (CARE representative), and Md. Rashi (PCI District Coordinator) looking at the home sticker.
As the SIO Dr. Sinha entered the village, he spotted the home sticker, and was informed by the team about its purpose. The team shared the entire vaccination process implemented under the project, right from line listing for due list identification, using mobilization tools for preparedness and reminders as well as coupon, mask and certificate distribution to complete the vaccination journey. The SIO sir also interacted with beneficiaries and was surprised to find many people were still due for the first dose despite consistent efforts of the State.
A day before the site session, VMC went door to door and invited those who were due to the campsite by giving them a mobilization token. The token had information around the vaccination process, number of the PHC in case any counseling or medical support is required pre and post vaccination. Two tokens were distributed, one for Pregnant and Lactating women and the other one for General and Chronically Ill populations, both offering relevant precautionary instructions so that there are minimal side effects.
Upon hearing from the beneficiaries, how the VMC with the strong support of ASHA mobilized the village, Dr. Sinha had only positive things to say. He acknowledged the efforts of the PCI field team to take up such hard-to-reach areas, identify the ones left and ensure they are vaccinated whilst following the proper protocols. The verifiers were using the CoWIN app and rigorously following the registration and dose tracking processes. The line listing was thorough and the due list made sure not one beneficiary fell through the cracks.
As per the line listing, a total of 705 above the age of 15 were eligible to be vaccinated. Before PCI’s intervention 362 had received their first dose and 161 had received their second dose, thanks to the consistent efforts by the district PHC team. However, Gokulpur was a high-refusal village. Post PCI’s intervention, a total of 456 got vaccinated for the 1st dose, and 313 were vaccinated for the second dose through four session sites. What has made this achievement all the more special is that all of the above 1st dose recipients that were vaccinated under RECOVER Bihar were refusal cases. SIO sir, Dr. N.K. Sinha’s visit was very motivating and inspiring for the team.
We appreciate the commendable efforts of Meena Ful Murmu (Village Mobilization Coordinator), Sohail Akhtar and Jyotish Kumar (Verifiers), Rajeev Ranjan Kumar
(Block Coordinator) and Md Rashid (District Coordinator) in bringing this village a step closer to 100% vaccination coverage.