New Delhi: Pained by the abated spike in daily coronavirus spike in the country, Indian Medical Association in a letter urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to not restrict nationwide vaccination drive. The medical body said that the facility should be available on a walk-in-basis. In addition to this, IMA has also made some other suggestions to curb the second wave of the deadly virus.
It also suggested that vaccine certificates should be made necessary to use public places and receiving products under the public distribution system. In the letter, it also stressed on the need of limited period of continuous lockdown to immediately break the chain of infection, while adding that non-essential areas such as cinema halls, cultural and religious events, and sports among others should be shut down with immediate effect.
The letters comes as India reports high spike in daily number of cases despite 'extraordinary efforts' of the central government to curb the spread.
"Indian Medical Association and (its) entire 3.5 lakh modern medical fraternity stood proactively with our government in the path-breaking vaccine drive initiative and played an active role in mitigating vaccine hesitancy among the frontline workers and public," the IMA letter said.
"However, due to the emergent complacent, mass gatherings without masks, noncompliance of Covid-appropriate behaviour, and the deterrent mutations in the virus has surpassed our efforts to emerge as a fast-spreading second wave," it said.
The medical body also urged that the private sector family clinics should also be included in the vaccination drive. Urging the Centre to establish district-level vaccine task force teams with public and private participation, the IMA assured its 100 per cent participative in such initiatives.
"Vaccination stands as a single evidence-based resource for us to restrict the cases by raising the personal immune response and pave way for herd immunity to decrease the severity of the disease," it said in the letter.
India on Monday crossed the grim milestone of reporting one lakh cases in one day for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. The second wave of the virus has been reported in over 10 states. Maharashtra, which has now been put under night curfews and weekend lockdowns, remains the worst hit state by the pandemic in the country.