Dhangadi Sub-metropolitan City has started online name registration to manage the COVID vaccination drive.

According to Dhangadi Mayor Nripa Bahadur Wada, volunteers have been mobilised in all 19 wards of the city to register names.

"Some 40 volunteers have been mobilised to visit people at their homes to register the names of 18-plus year olds so that the vaccination drive can be more well-managed and people don't have to miss out on vaccines," said Mayor Wada.

The online name-registration campaign started from last Wednesday, and the municipality is expected to register the names of 150,000 residents by mid-August.

Besides the volunteers visiting households, volunteers have also been assigned to District Administration Office, District Land Revenue Office, Seti Provincial Hospital, and other places to register names for the upcoming vaccination.

Dhangadi Sub-metropolitan City's Deputy Mayor Sushila Mishra Bhatta urged city dwellers to help the volunteers commissioned for online name registration for COVID vaccines by providing their details.

"The people who get their names registered, will get message on their phone about their turn to take their COVID jabs. This will be useful in minimising crowds at vaccination centres later during the vaccination period," Bhatta said.

The name registration campaign was carried out by the city in cooperation and collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Population, World Health Organisation and UNDP.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 27 2021, of The Himalayan Times.