A district in Arunachal Pradesh has decided to make immunisation card mandatory for admission of children in government schools with a view to increase the immunisation percentage, an official said. The decision was taken during a joint meeting of the District Task Force on Immunisation (DTFI) and District Quality Assurance Committee (DQAC) under the District Health Society of Lower Subansiri district on Tuesday.
Chairing the meeting Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Nending Chatung, said the decision to make immunisation card mandatory for admission of children in government schools will improve the immunisation percentage of the district and ensure a pool of healthy children.
The DQAC is responsible for operationalisation of quality assurance committees and units, assessment of health facilities, monitoring of key performance indicators and facility scores, initiation of rapid movement events and strengthening of drug and logistic systems.
Observing that the various infrastructural and aesthetic gaps of health centers identified under Kayakalp scheme across the district have not been communicated to the district medical officer and the deputy commissioner, Mr Chatung suggested for endorsing a copy of such information for early perusal with the government, an official communique informed.
While reviewing the Intensified Pulse Polio Immunisation (IPPI) that was conducted on January 19 last, Mr Chatung congratulated the District Health Society team for achieving 104 per cent immunisation coverage.
A total of 384 medical staff, ASHAs and Anganwadi workers together covered 96 polio booths across the district to achieve the target.
District Reproductive and Child Health Officer (DRCHO) Dr Derin Likar said, "The sole motto of Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) is to ensure no child or a pregnant woman is left out of the immunisation programme. We ensure that refusal cases where a parent denies vaccinating their children, is suitably convinced."
District Medical Officier (DMO) Dr Tage Kanno and representatives from Apatani Women Association also gave suggestions to improve the quality of health services in the district, the communique added.
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