Dear viewers - sharing the following for needful
Universally it is very well known that vaccination is one of the most cost effective public health programme from control to eradication of Vaccine Preventable diseases.
Public sector is provided with proper cold chain equipments, periodic training blended with monitoring & supportive supervision. National Immunization Schedule (NIS) is expanding; included IPV, Rota, MR, JE and Pneumococcal is the next candidate vaccine. Vaccines of NIS have Vaccine Vial Monitor (VVM).
Optional vaccines applicable to our country [Meningococcal, Seasonal Influenza, Hepatitis A, Varicella, Typhoid, HPV for females] without VVM are easily available and accessible to the affordable. Availability of vaccines in various combinations: [Triple / Quadri / Penta….]; no uniform Immunization schedule created confusion among parents. Service providers in the tertiary care centers also have confusion / difference of opinion. Pilot study conducted among Medicos [undergraduate students / post graduates / faculties] revealed dangerously low operational knowledge about routine immunization. Absence of regular monitoring / supportive supervision; periodic training of private service providers have further accentuated the quality of vaccination service; e.g. Hepatitis B birth dose vaccine is yet to be started in some of the reputed pioneer Medical Colleges and in private clinics / hospitals. To address some of these issues, COMBOCARD was developed and shared, communicated with Govt, IAP and other stakeholders. Withdrawal of current IAP schedule by the IAP President [Ref:TOI] and assurance of issuing revised schedule is a welcome step provided the entire country will follow uniform schedule compatible with NIS. Sustaining >85% coverage of optional vaccines solely by the private sector is impossible without which community may not benefit “herd immunity”. The study also revealed that administering vaccine with known potency is not the task responsibility of private service provider. To create more awareness, simplified PPT on 8 rights before vaccine administration based on CDC guidelines and GoI guidelines was shared with the stakeholders.
Proper cold chain equipment has an extremely important role in administering vaccines in potent condition which is seriously lacking in the private sector in India including private Medical Colleges. For solving this issue, “VaccineSafe” is designed and developed for the private service providers. Very few units are in use in Karnataka since 2005 due to lack of bulk manufacturer. Manufacturing locally in sufficient number incurs low cost and can solve the problem of private practitioners. With this in view, “VaccineSafe” Vs Conventional ILR with illustrations in 2 pages is attached for needful by the policymakers / global RI players / manufacturers of ILR / Pharmaceutical fridge.