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AIIMS’s antibody survey on healthcare workers begins

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Agartala: A fresh survey to understand the effectiveness of Covid 19 vaccines has begun in Tripura. The survey was initiated in the month of July that may last for a year or so.

The key motive of the survey is to measure the level of antibody developed in the group of population that is already administered with both the doses of the vaccine, officer on special duty to Covid management Dr Vishal Kumar said.

A source in the state health department said, this survey is called “neutralizing antibody survey”. This survey will help the government understand what quantity of antibody is generated in the body of vaccinated people. Moreover, it will also help to figure out whether the present antibody in the subject is sufficient to battle the virus.

“In the first phase, this survey is being done on the healthcare workers who are fully vaccinated. This survey will continue for six to twelve months depending on the results it derives from the grounds. Gradually frontline workers and the general population will be also brought under the purview of the survey”, the source added.

When asked whether the survey would be conducted among all the healthcare workers, he said, “There is a standard operating procedure for these surveys. The experts from the AIIMS have well chalked out algorithms according to what the survey is being carried out. People are being randomly chosen from primary health centre level to district and state hospital level”.

AIIMS authorities are supplying all the necessary reagents and materials required for the survey.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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