|A boy receives a vaccination at a medical clinic in Hai Ba Trung District. Comprehensive inspections will be conducted at all immunisation sites nationwide during September and October to improve vaccination safety in the National Expanded Programme for Immunisation. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc
HA NOI (VNS)— Quality of immunisation services will be strengthened nation-wide in an effort to improve vaccination safety in the National Expanded Programme for Immunisation (EPI).
Health minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said that comprehensive inspections would be conducted at all immunisation sites nation-wide during September and October.
"The campaign aims to find shortcomings or difficulties in immunisation programmes at the grassroots level," she said at an online conference for implementing the health sector's immunisation safety plan yesterday.
"The most important thing is that medical staff should correctly follow the immunisation process, such as temperature supervision for children, vaccine preservation or having separate locations for vaccinations and consulting," said Tien.
"Local administration, the health department and hospital leaders have played a very important role in ensuring immunisation quality follows the current regulations," she added.
"In order to ensure immunisation safety for children, provinces and cities were asked to not receive more than 50 children per day. It would provide more time for medical staffs to provide consulting, examination, supervision and minimise reactions after vaccination," said EPI director Nguyen Tran Hien.
The health ministry's Preventive Medicine Department director Nguyen Van Binh said that the sector has inspected more than 6,650 among 16,000 vaccination sites in 54 of the 63 provinces and cities.
More than 20,000 medical staffs were trained in immunisation safety and examination before vaccination and in how to handle reactions after vaccination, he noted.
"Around 20 per cent of vaccination sites haven't meet the health sector's regulations due to narrow vaccination rooms or waiting places," said Binh.
According to the EPI, it is estimated that around 1.75 million children aged under 1 year old would be given vaccines in the programme in 2013. — VNS