Revive vaccine units soon, say health officials

Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE: The Public Health Department Officers’ Association at its 12th State-level conference held here on Saturday adopted a resolution urging the government to take speedy measures for the revival of three vaccine units in the country.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, G. Venkatraman, association president, and K.N. Panneerselvam, general secretary, said that as the units - the BCG Vaccine Laboratory, Guindy, Chennai, the Pasteur Institute, Coonoor, and the Central Research Institute, Kasauli - had to suspend operation owing to non-conformity to the Good Management Practices prescribed by the World Health Organisation, vaccines (BCG, TT and DPT) had to be procured from private units.

This led to unhealthy consequences as was recently witnessed at Thiruvallur where some children died after being administered vaccines.

Therefore, in the interest of immunisation programme, these units should be revived soon by re-structuring the management practices.

They also said that there existed 4,000 vacancies for Health Inspector posts in the State and this amounted to 50 per cent of the total posts sanctioned.

By filling these posts, better healthcare services could be ensured.

Additional responsibility such as hypertension management and diabetic care should be assigned to the Health Inspectors, they added.

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