Mokokchung, July 2 (MExN): The final Regional Review Meeting of Vaccine and Cold Chain Managers (VCCMs) organized by UNDP Nagaland was held at IDSP conference hall, Imkongliba Memorial District Hospital (IMDH), Mokokchung on June 28. It was attended by district officials and UNDP staff.
Dr. SS Akaba, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Mokokchung delivered the opening remarks. Highlighting the importance of vaccine management and proper record keeping, he encouraged the participants to educate the health workers especially in remote location, informed a press release.
Dr. Kibang, Deputy CMO shared that electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) is one of the best planning and monitoring tools for Medical department. Kingson Kamkara, SPO UNDP, opened the presentation round with eVIN project status and updates.
The meeting consisted of PowerPoint presentations by Egumsing Nsarangbe (Project Officer UNDP) and district VCCMs – Achila (Mokokchung), Taliwala (Tuensang), Christina Rume (Longleng) and Sosopem (Mon) to assess the status and activities of each district on a quarterly basis. Discussion on issues and recommendations to improve cold chain management and UIP was also held.
The release mentioned that UNDP has been working with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) in establishing an electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) system to improve vaccine and cold chain logistics management across all Cold Chain Points (CCPs) in Nagaland since 2016. Real-time visibility of vaccine stock and flow became online on September 21, 2016 and thereafter, storage temperature was also made online on May 20, 2017 across all CCPs in Nagaland.
To effectively implement eVIN, dedicated Vaccine and Cold Chain Managers (VCCMs) have been assigned for all 11 districts of Nagaland who are co-ordinating and working with the District Program Officers of each district under GOI’s Universal Immunisation Programme, it added.