SHILLONG, June 14: The state government has so far vaccinated a total of 667 jail inmates against COVID-19 from across the state with the numbers set to increase after the vaccination drive will be carried out in Williamnagar, East Garo Hills, on Tuesday.
Informing this, Inspector General of (Prisons), M Kharkrang, added that 180 out of 188 prisoners have been vaccinated in Tura, 120 out of 182 in Jowai and 367 out of 398 have been vaccinated in Shillong, while the drive is yet to start for Nongpoh prison in Ri Bhoi.
The IG prisons reiterated that all prisoners volunteered to receive the shot, adding that awareness on the need to be vaccinated has been disseminated time and time again among inmates of various prisons of the state.
90 pc vaccination in Shillong Cantt
Ninety per cent of the residents in the age group of 45 years and above in Shillong Cantonment area have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far, as per the door-to-door survey conducted by the Jhalupara Community COVID-19 Management Committee (CCMT).
According to the survey, out of 583 residents of the said age group in the area, 528 have been inoculated.
The CCMT volunteers including Anganwadi workers are going door to door to convince people to get vaccinated, the Jhalupara CCMT said.
With regard to the 18-44 age group, it said that the response is similar and 90 per cent of them will be vaccinated by the end of July.
The CCMT, on the other hand, has requested the government to allow more spot registrations as many people are unable to book their slots online and also thanked the incident commander and Health department for the support.
Dry ration for over 1K living with HIV
More than a thousand people living with HIV (PLHIV) will receive dry ration after the Meghalaya Legislators Forum on HIV AIDS approved a proposal from Meghalaya Aids Control Society (MACS) to undertake the initiative.
Speaking to media persons, Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh, who chaired the meeting of the Meghalaya Legislators Forum on HIV AIDS with MACS, said that following the proposal it was decided to distribute dry ration to PLHIV.
“We have also decided that we will quarterly distribute nutritional support to children living with HIV,” Metbah said, adding that as many as 202 such children will be provided nutritional support.
The move comes at a time when most people are reeling under the pressure of the pandemic including PHIV.
Lafarge donates essentials in Shella
In keeping with its services to the suffering communities, Lafarge Umiam Mining Private Limited (LUMPL) donated essential commodities to 500 households in Shella village, East Khasi Hills.
LUMPL is undertaking the distribution of essentials as part of its CSR initiative.
The LUMPL, in a statement, said that it has been working very closely with the Shella dorbar to ensure support to the villagers during the pandemic.
The village secretary of Shella thanked the LUMPL for the donation and its continued support to the dorbar in these trying times.