A second mock drill to prepare for the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccines was held across Meghalaya’s 11 districts today.
“This (vaccinating the population) is a massive exercise and because of it we have to take up these dry runs. The peculiarity of this dry run is its being conducted as per election mode process,” Director of Health Services, Dr Aman Warr, said.
In this mock drill, participants had to register through the CoWIN app, a central government platform.
Once their names were registered through the app, they received text messages that instructed them on which facility to go to and the date of the ‘vaccination’.
“We are confident now with this process already completed that once we get the vaccine, we can carry out the programme smoothly,” the DHS said.
In East Khasi Hills, the dry run was held at Mawroh Primary Health Centre, RP Chest Hospital and Mawphlang Community Health Centre.
The dry run in West Khasi Hills was held at Nongstoin CHC, Markasa PHC and Mairang CHC. South West Khasi Hills held it at Mawthawpdah PHC, Mawkyrwat and Rangthong PHC.
In South Garo Hills, Baghmara CHC, Sibbari PHC and Chokpot CHC were the locations, South West Garo Hills District held it in Ampati Civil Hospital, Betasing PHC and Zikzak PHC and North Garo Hills District at Resubelpara CHC, Mendipathar PHC and Bajengdoba PHC.
West Garo Hills held the dry run at Tura MCH Hospital, Selsella CHC and Asanang PHC and East Garo Hills at Williamnagar Civil Hospital, Rongjeng CHC and Samanda PHC.
In Ri-Bhoi, the mock drill was held at Nongpoh Civil Hospital, Umsning CHC and Byrnihat PHC.
In East Jaintia Hills it was held at Khliehriat Civil Hospital, Sutnga CHC and Pamra Paithlu PHC, while in West Jaintia Hills it was conducted at Ialong Civil Hospital, Jowai, Nongtalang CHC and Namdong PHC.