The pace of the corona virus epidemic, which has been slow in the country for several months, is once again gaining momentum. The cases of infection are increasing every day.
Meanwhile , World Health Organization (WHO) chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan has said that a new wave of epidemics may occur in the countries of the world every four to six months. In such a situation, the booster dose (third dose) is very important to prevent the epidemic.
Booster dose is important for weak people – Swaminathan
Emphasizing on the importance of the booster dose, Swaminathan told News18 that the booster dose is very important for the purpose of boosting immunity especially in people suffering from weak or serious diseases .
He said a new wave of the pandemic is likely to occur every four to six months, but its intensity will depend on the number of vulnerable populations. In such a situation, the governments need to take steps accordingly.
What is the reason behind the fresh spurt in infection cases?
Swaminathan said that many reasons are coming to the fore behind the increasing cases of infection in India at present. Among these, the BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of the Omicron variant are more infectious and the biggest reason is the decrease in immunity of people.
He said that the behavior of the people is also responsible for the increasing infection. Presently people have stopped applying masks and crowds have started gathering in homes. This is becoming the biggest problem.
How to motivate people for booster dose?
Swaminathan said that in order to motivate the people towards the booster dose, the government should make it clear that by running an awareness campaign, it will make immunity longer and it will be easier to protect against different variants of corona virus.
Let us tell you that at present, only 15 percent of the people above 60 years of age in the country have received a booster dose. Similarly, only one percent of the people in the age group of 45-59 years and 18-44 years have got this dose.
These states have the highest booster dose
Let us tell you that according to the population, Ladakh has the highest number of people above 18 years of age with 31 percent getting the booster dose.
Similarly, only 10 per cent people in Andhra Pradesh, 9 per cent in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, 8 per cent in Lakshadweep, Sikkim and Delhi have received booster dose.
In contrast, in Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand, only two per cent of the people have had the booster dose. This is a cause for great concern.