Trg on PCV introduction in 2 districts

DIMAPUR: | Publish Date: 5/7/2021 1:18:10 PM IST

 State health department has been conducting orientation programmes and training of trainers (TOT) for the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), which would be rolled out soon in the state. The programmes are being held in order to prepare health workers for the immunisation process.

Longleng: District and block level TOT for PCV introduction training was conducted on May 7 at chief medical officer (CMO)’s conference hall on with DPO (RCH/UIP), Dr. Imnameren Phom, VCCM (UNDP) Christina Rume and DPM Viroli Sangtam as resource persons. 

A press release from the CMO’s office stated that while delivering a PowerPoint presentation, Dr. Imnameren Phom spoke on various topics on the pneumococcal disease, PCV efficacy, dose, route and site of administration, etc. 

Christina spoke on capacity of ILR in term of No. of doses and maximum target being covered, EVIN solution- system strengthening and improving programme governance, EVIN process flow, PCV storage, transportation of PCV, temperature sensitivity of UIP vaccines, vaccine management and record keeping and others.  

Meanwhile, Viroli Sangtam spoke on safety profile of PCV, what is an AEFI, classifications of AEFIs, formats and timelines for reporting serious/severe AEFI cases, new vaccine reporting formats among other topics.  

The training was attended by CMO Dr. Obangjungla, deputy CMO Dr. Philip Kent, medical officers from the three blocks, CHOs from health and wellness centre, DPM, BPMs, DCM, DEO (UIP) and IDSP, and ASHA coordinators.

Wokha: District level orientation programme on PCV was held at CMO’s conference hall Wokha, with WHO state consultant, Dr. Shiela Longkumer, as resource person on May 6. 

A press release by CMO office Wokha stated that during her session at the programme, Dr. Shiela Longkumer informed that PCV would be rolled out in the state soon.

She shared that pneumonia was one of leading cause of death among children below the age of five years in the country. 

In this regard, she informed that PCV had 80% efficacy and was introduced in 146 countries in their national immunisation programmes. 

Dr. Sheila also reminded health workers to handle Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI) cases effectively and that AEFI cases were rare in PCV however, if any severe cases occurred it should be reported. 

Sessions on vaccine management, record keeping, formation of district AEFI committee, and communication strategy were conducted during the training which was attended by district programme manager, medical officers, block programme managers and vaccinators.

Delivering welcome address, CMO Wokha, Dr. CW Tungoe urged medical officers and block programme managers to focus on training and later impart the information at block levels.


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