Corona Vaccination: 16 shepherds from a remote village in Arunachal Pradesh could not attend the corona vaccination camp in May. Nearly two months later, health officials trekked for more than nine hours to reach an altitude of more than 14,000 feet above sea level on Monday to vaccinate them in Lugthang village.
The shepherds could not reach the vaccination camp held on May 19 at Domstang in Twang district of the state. After this the health officials decided to go themselves. The team trekked from the nearest motorable road at a place called Thingbu Hydel to reach their destination.
Reaching the unreached – Bringing #CovidVaccines to remote communities.
Covid Frontline Warriors trek for hours in this absolutely breathtaking sceneries to vaccinate small community of Yak herders who live in high mountainous areas of #Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh. pic.twitter.com/1ManMEPh4D
— Pema Khandu (@PemaKhanduBJP) July 13, 2021
After reaching the spot the health officials held a small meeting with the villagers the next morning, 16 shepherds were vaccinated by the District Reproductive and Child Health Officer Rinchin Neema. Senior Veterinary Officer Thutan Tashi also gave free medicines for diarrhoea, anthelmintic and other diseases to the animals.
Luguthang is close to the border with Tibet and is 30 km aerially from Twang. All 10 families including 65 people of the village are yak herders. Arunachal officials covered a distance of 9 hours to 14,000 feet to vaccinate 16 shepherds Pema Khandu praised frontline workers for delivering the vaccine to remote communities. Incessant rain tried to delay the trip but Deputy Commissioner Sang Phuntsok was determined to keep the date with 16 abandoned pastures.
A health official said, “A vaccination camp was organized at Domtsang on May 19. The grazers could not attend the vaccination camp. We decided to reach all the shepherds left during the camp to their village to get vaccinated. The weather posed a big hurdle for us due to incessant rains. But we were determined to reach their place.”
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