This Kerala nurse has set a new record by administering 893 COVID Vaccine doses in 7.5 hours
Kerala has been credited as the state that has the lowest COVID-19 vaccine wastage in India. In fact, Kerala has been praised for even utilizing the extra one dose that the vaccine manufacturers add in the vila as 'wastage factor'.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said that it was due to the well-trained nurses, the state had managed to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are not wasted.
Now a nurse from Kerala has set a 'record' for administering the most doses in a day.
Pushapalatha who works as a junior public health nurse at the state-run Chengannur District Hospital administered Covid vaccines to 893 people in 7.5 hours on August 15.
That is 893 vaccinations in 450 minutes - in other words, one dose administered every 30 seconds.
The news was shared by Kerala Health Minister Veena George who on Monday felicitated Pushapalatha in the hospital for her work.
Pushapalatha said this marathon effort came out well because of team work, with each and every health worker doing their role well.
"I did not do this for a record and everything was done as per the rules," said Pushapalatha.
While many congratulated Pushapalatha, others were more critical.
Some argued that it was not humanly possible for one person to administer so many doses non-stop.
Others pointed out that the Health Minister was celebrating the overburden of the frontline workers due to staff shortage.