Tibetan Sweater Sellers’ Association implored to ensure easy access to medical services ahead of business

75th Covid-19 Taskforce Briefing. Photo Screen grab

Dharamshala: In her address at the 75th weekly Covid-19 Taskforce briefing, Dr Tsamchoe updated the COVID-status of exile Tibetans, reporting 71 new cases. Out of which 49 are male and 22 female. The oldest patient is 85 years old and the youngest is aged 1.

An 85 year old elderly passed away this week succumbing to COVID complications. Thus bringing the total number of COVID-cases to 6242, with 5990 recoveries, 149 deaths and 103 active cases.

The quarantine status as of this week reports 866 in-home quarantine and 407 at the institutional quarantine.

Sorig immune boosters amounting to 46,694 units were disbursed. The beneficiaries include 8057 children under 18 in the past two months, as well as those at quarantine and COVID-exposed contacts.

Through its tele-counselling services, the mental health committee reached out to 38 patients this week.

Mass testing in the past week has covered 750 Tibetans in India and Nepal.

Under the immunization drive in India, 29,419 Tibetans are fully vaccinated and 20,391 administered the first jab. In Nepal, 3087 are fully vaccinated while 673 received the first jab.

CTA’s central task force committee has been touring across all the settlements as per its commitment to assessing the COVID-preparedness of settlements ahead of the advancing third wave in India.

Dr Tsamchoe advised those with chronic diseases who are poised to depart for winter sweater selling business in different regions to take utmost precautions and also urged Tibetan associations that represent these local businesses to ensure medical help is available in case of emergency.

Addressing India’s Covid status, Dr Jigme Kalsang of Delek hospital said that Kerala continues to report a daily surge in covid cases, however, the cases all over India is relatively stable.

With the commencement of inoculating second doses for above 18 individuals, Dr Kalsang urged maximum participation of youth above 18 years.

She also urged the abidance of precautionary measures despite having inoculated.