Dharan Sub-Metropolitan City in Sunsari district has rolled up its sleeve to vaccinate the locals as part of COVID-19 prevention response.

Towards this, the Sub-Metropolis has sent letter to the Ministry of Health and Population in Kathmandu seeking its permission for procurement of the vaccines.

Dharan Mayor Tilak Rai said that the office has decided to make requisition for vaccinations needed for 100,000 locals over 18 years of age. The sub-metropolis is in need of 100,000 first dose of the vaccine and another 100,000 second dose.

Mayor Rai further added that they wrote letters to Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Kathmandu and also sent it to the Offices of the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers in Province No 1 for appraisal.

Furthermore, Province 1 government's Ministry of Social Development has been informed about the letter sent to the central authority for the procurement of the vaccines with its own resources.

Almost every senior citizen and civil employees in Dharan Sub-Metropolis have already received vaccination, informed Metropolis' Health Division Chief, Umesh Mehata.

The Sub-Metropolis has recorded a total of 5,686 COVID-19 cases since the outbreak of second wave of COVID-19. The number of active cases stands at 570 till date while 38 people have lost their lives to the infection, said Mehata.