Tuesday, September 27, 2022

National Vaccination Day observed across the state

To raise awareness on the significance of vaccination in public health, Nagaland joined the rest of the country in observing National Vaccination Day (NCD) Wednesday on 2022 theme, “Vaccines work for all”. The day also celebrates Pulse Polio Programme of the government of India thus commemorating India’s triumph against polio.
To mark the day, department of Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Nagaland also felicitated best performing Healthcare Workers (HCWs) – Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) and Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM).
‘Corbevax available in govt vaccination centres’
National Vaccination Day was observed at the Conference Hall of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Kohima, where the CMO Dr. Vezokholu Theyo informed that Corbevax vaccine for children aged 12-14 years would be available only in government COVID-19 vaccination centres.
The CMO said the vaccination drive would target children born on March 15, 2010 and before (dynamic as per the date of vaccination) targeting population of 4.71 crore (two years cohort: 12-13, 13-14 years of age).
She said the day was also celebrated to facilitate healthcare workers who have rendered their services during the Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI), National Immunisation Day (NID) vaccination services and community mobilization efforts in 2022 – Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The department felicitated 12 ASHAs and seven ANMs under Kohima district.
‘Grassroot-level HCWs are important for policy making’
CMO Dimapur, Dr. I. Moatemjen highlighted the importance and significance of grassroot-level healthcare workers to plan the country’s health system and policy during the observation of National Vaccination Day in the Conference Hall, CMO Dimapur office.
Dr. Moatemjen said the country’s health system and policy was designed as per reports of healthcare workers at primary level.
He urged ASHAs and ANMs to continue mobilizing the public.
The CMO congratulated best performing health workers (12 ASHAs and six ANMs) of the district and handed them certificates. He also launched the COVID-19 vaccination for age group of 12 to 14 years.
HCWs urged to be more competent
National Vaccination Day was observed in the Conference Hall of CMO Wokha office with deputy CMO Wokha, Dr. Zuben Kikon as keynote speaker.
Lauding the efforts of healthcare workers during the vaccination drive, Dr. Kikon encouraged them to be more competent by providing better healthcare services to the public.
Medical officers from Chukitong PHC, Nyiro PHC and Urban Primary Health Centre briefed the participants on vaccination status in their respective health centres. More than 20 healthcare workers from five blocks were awarded.
‘Effective vaccination prevents deadly diseases’
Highlighting the importance of vaccines and its benefits, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Mokokchung, Dr. R. Chubala Aier said effective vaccination could prevent deadly diseases and that vaccines benefits lives.
The CMO also highlighted the significance of National Vaccination Day and the need to get vaccinated while speaking at the NCD programme, Conference Hall of CMO office Mokokchung.
She encouraged the ANMs and ASHAs to further extend their hard work in making the community aware of the facilities provided by the government and the work ahead because of the impending treat of the pandemic.
Best performing six ANMs and 12 ASHAs of the district were felicitated during the programme.
Selected ANMs and ASHAs shared their experience in vaccination during the pandemic. They shared their experiences on the reluctance of the community for any vaccination and the important role played by ASHAs in educating the community.
Need for vaccination during pandemic emphasised
National Vaccination Day was observed by Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Kiphire office along healthcare workers, awardees, and partner agencies—UNICEF, Mission Corona Vijay (Prodigal’s Home), Piramal Foundation, and Piramal Swasthya.
Speaking on the importance of the day, Dr. Pewezo Khalo, (RMNCHA&N) emphasised on the need for vaccination especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Khalo also acknowledged the NGOs and other line departments for taking up vaccination duties in Kiphire stating that their selfless services have raised the vaccination status in the district.
He said the medical department, in coordination with NGOs and other line departments would continue to prioritise Covid-19 vaccination activities in the district till the last person was vaccinated.
During the programme, three ANMs and three ASHAs from the three blocks in the district were felicitated.
‘ASHAs, ANMs work tirelessly at grassroots level’
National Vaccination Day was observed at Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Office Tuensang, wherein ASHAs and ANMs were lauded for their tireless service in the health sector.
In a short speech, deputy CMO Tuensang Dr. I. Moatemjen said in the past doctors and nurses were the only ones who worked hard in health programmes. However, he said these days ASHAs with the help of ANMs have been working so hard in various health activities. DIO (UIP/RCH) Dr. Thungchanbeni said ANMs and ASHAs are the real hard workers who work tirelessly in the grassroots level in health sector.
She acknowledged them for their hard work and encouraged them to continue working efficiently and consistently in order to provide health coverage to beneficiaries.
Dr. Thungchanbeni lauded the performance of Konya Sub-centre in carrying out health care activities. She mentioned that in recent Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) the sub-centre has fully immunized the eligible beneficiaries with 100% coverage/
During the programme, eight ANMs and 16 ASHAs from eight different blocks were felicitated in their respective block.
Mon: Mon district observed National Vaccination Day by organising short programmes in all the six blocks of the district.
Speaking in a programme at Mon Sadar, DTO Mon Tinenlo James advised all medical staff not to “judge each other” but to concentrate on their duties. He said the healthcare workers were recognised on this day for their service during IPPI 2022 vaccination drive. During the programme, 20 HCWs, 14 ASHAs and six ANMs were felicitated.
Peren: District Health Society, Peren district observed National Vaccination Day in the Women Welfare Hall, Jalukie wherein eight ASHAs and five best performing ANMs under Peren district were felicitated.