Nagaland fully equipped to ensure safety of vaccines, says health dept

Nagaland fully equipped to ensure safety of vaccines, says health dept
A child being vaccinated in Kohima on October 3. (DIPR Photo)



DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 4 (MExN): The Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Nagaland on Thursday stated that it was fully equipped with ample infrastructure and manpower to ensure that vaccines used in the state are stored and handled safely.


With the state-wide Measles & Rubella vaccination campaign underway, the H&FW department through its Mission Director (NHM), Dr. Kevichusa Medikhru, in a public interest message informed that Nagaland has 1 State Vaccine Store in Kohima, 11 District Vaccine Stores and 111 Cold Chain Points.


It stated that Vaccine Stores and Cold Chain Points in Nagaland are all equipped with ILRs, DFs, Cold Boxes and Vaccine Carriers to ensure safe storage of vaccines and all these points are manned by Cold Chain Handlers under the supervision of State Immunization Officer, District Immunization Officers and Medical Officers.


Apart from these equipments, temperature loggers have also been installed by UNDP in all ILRs where vaccines are stored to ensure that recommended temperatures are maintained and vaccine potency is preserved by giving out alarms in the form of beeping sounds and sending out alert SMS to Cold Chain Handlers and concerned supervising officers.


A team of Vaccine and Cold Chain Managers and Project Officers working under eVIN (electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network) UNDP are monitoring Vaccine and Cold Chain to assist the Department with Universal Immunization Programme, Dr Kevichusa stated.


It pointed out that vaccines supplied under Universal Immunization Programme, which is a National vaccination program launched by the Government of India in 1985, are distributed only after undergoing stringent tests and certification by regulatory bodies like the National Regulatory Authority of India and international organizations like the WHO.


The vaccines used by the department during routine immunization and MR Campaign are of the highest quality as per global standards and our cold chain system is in place to ensure that safe and potent vaccines are administered to our children, it added.


50% vaccination achieved on day one of MRVC


Nagaland achieved a coverage of 50% vaccination on the first day of the Measles and Rubella Vaccination Campaign, the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Nagaland stated on Thursday.
A total of 349 sessions were conducted in Nagaland on October 3 and 37,071 children were successfully vaccinated out of 73,729 children in various schools without any favorable incident, a press statement issued by the H&FW dept said. Maintaining that the department has been moving forward amidst various rumours against vaccination on social media, the press statement said it was determined to achieve the target set forth in the remaining 34 days of MRVC.
The department has earnestly appealed to all parents to cooperate and come forward to get their children between 9 month and below 15 years to be immunized with MR vaccine and to be protected with the life threatening measles and rubella diseases.