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UNICEF MP chief reiterates commitment to support vaccination as 100 crore doses mark reached

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BHOPAL: A meet of radio partners was organized by the UNICEF office of Madhya Pradesh to celebrate the 100 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine target achieved today by India.

Speaking at the meet Dr Santosh Shukla, Director Immunization with Department of Health, Government of Madhya Pradesh spoke on the journey of COVID-19 vaccination and how the state team navigated the challenge to contribute from Madhya Pradesh for the achievement at India level.

He also said that by October 21 morning, Madhya Pradesh had administered 4 crore 91 lakh first doses of COVID-19 vaccine. In all, 6.70 crores doses have been administered in Madhya Pradesh by now. He said that it is time to salute the efforts of all workers including the cold chain team, which made sure that we get vaccines in all sectors without breaking the cold chain. 

PHOTO CAPTION: Youth4children group in Dhar facilitated by UNICEF and district administration celebrated the 100 crore vaccination record by making Rangoli and illumination.

Margaret Gwada, Chief, UNICEF, Madhya Pradesh, congratulated the vaccination team and said “we are committed to support the vaccination till we cover all and reach the last mile.” She said it is important to keep going and focus on reaching out with a second dose to ones who still have to be covered. 

Radio Jockeys Sukriti from Radio Mirchi, Pinky Tiwari, programming head Radio LakeCity, RJ Arsh of Red FM, and others from various radio stations had participated and shared their experience. They emphasized on the need to keep the energy level high and focus on the second dose as done for the first dose and also promote COVID-19 appropriate behaviour. 

Anil Gulati, Communication Specialist, UNICEF, Madhya Pradesh facilitated the meet. Dr Vandana Bhatia, Health Specialist, UNICEF, Madhya Pradesh and Dr Ravindra Bagal, Health Officer, UNICEF, Madhya Pradesh spoke on the occasion.

Avinash Bajpai, Registrar, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Dr Mani Nair from the university also participated in the meet. They congratulated the state government on the achievement and also shared their ideas.