Province 1 Social Development Minister Ushakala Rai today urged the federal government to allow the province government to procure COVID vaccine.

Speaking at a virtual meeting organised by the Ministry of Social Development, Minister Rai urged the federal government to allow the provincial government to purchase vaccine if the central government could not manage the vaccines immediately.

Vaccine is the most important tool for controlling COVID.

Thus, I urge the central government to manage vaccines against COVID-19 as early as possible. "If the federal government cannot manage the vaccines, it has to permit the province government to procure them immediately," Rai added.

Rai also stressed the need to prepare well for the third wave of COVID-19. She said that the province government was committed to controlling COVID.

She further drew the attention of the Ministry of Health and Population to the need to manage health workers at government hospitals and health centres.

She pledged to upgrade and manage all government hospitals in the province.

Health Minister Sher Bahadur Tamang, ministers of social development all seven provinces and the health secretary were present at the meeting.

A version of this article appears in the print on June 10, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.