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Covid-19: Booster drive in Secunderabad Cantonment sees 100% jump | Hyderabad News

SECUNDERABAD: The count of beneficiaries who got the booster dose shot by almost 100% — from 260 to 500 — in Secunderabad Cantonment, within a span of four days. Reason: Special drives organised within residential colonies by the Telangana medical and health department.
“After we noticed a few instances wherein people had to return without the dose from the health centre,12 special medical teams were formed to ensure that every eligible person can avail of the booster dose in Secunderabad Cantonment. These teams are visiting residential colonies and organising spot registration for the people,” said Dr H Rajkumari, deputy district medical and health officer (DMHO) of the health department, Secunderabad Cantonment.

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According to her, the medical teams are visiting about 12 to 15 colonies every day where they are setting up temporary camps to administer the booster shot to eligible candidates. The drives are being held up to 4 pm every day and is being extended to cover frontline workers, healthcare workers and cops a well. In fact, a special team has been deployed at the police training centre in Begumpet to meet the requirement of officials and their families there, the deputy DMHO said.
The other places that are being covered by this booster drive are Bowenpally, Trimulgherry, Picket, Rasoolpura and Bolarum Cantonment General Hospital.
Meanwhile, resident welfare associations in the Cantonment welcomed this decision to conduct special drives, almost at their doorstep, claiming that it would help more people take the shot.
“On day one, I visited the Bowenpally urban health centre but couldn’t take the booster dose due to heavy rush. Also, people there were not wearing masks or following social distancing. Given that many people are facing a similar situation, these special drives come as a boon,” said V Prabhakar Sharma, resident of Mahendra Hills.
For 69-year-old, N Sarang- apani, too it is a blessing. He and his wife waited for close to 30 minutes at the Picket health centre for their booster dose but had to return without it. “Though she managed to get it eventually, I ran out of patience. Also, I am diabetic so couldn’t wait for too long,” the senior citizen said. The couple leaves for the US next week. He said that these drives will finally put an end to such woes of residents.


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