NEW DELHI: The wastage of coronavirus vaccine has been an area of concern for the federal government, nationwide health authority CEO Dr Ram Sewak Sharma mentioned on Friday, suggesting that consolidating smaller vaccination centres into bigger ones will help tackle this situation.
Speaking at an occasion organised by the general public affairs discussion board of India (PAFI), Sharma mentioned India has manufacturing capability however that doesn’t imply vaccine wastage may be allowed.
He harassed that vaccination goals to cowl individuals who want it and never those that need it, with the accountability to forestall wastage mendacity with state governments and native authorities.
“The wastage of vaccine is an area of concern. We are lucky to have manufacturing capacity of vaccine but it does not mean we can waste the vaccine. Local management can reduce that part,” he mentioned.
He additionally harassed on the necessity for consolidating smaller vaccination centres.
“There are other minor details like the need to consolidate vaccine centres into larger centres and if that happens then vaccination wastage will also reduce. Wastage takes place generally in the last vial. People at times not turning up after getting appointment is also an issue,” he mentioned.
Sharma mentioned there have been some glitches within the Co-WIN portal initially, however they had been ironed out in a pair of days and now “we have a very scalable system and there have been no glitches since March 1”.
“We also tackled the issue of security and business continuity aspects. Now, the government has involved the private sector in a big way so all the hospitals empanelled under the Ayushman Bharat or the central government health scheme or other private sector groups have been roped in the vaccination program and that is why we have been able to scale up to such large numbers,” he mentioned.
Dr Sharma mentioned the non-public sector has an enormous function to play in your complete vaccination course of, starting from mobilising and creating consciousness about your complete vaccination course of and decreasing hesitancy.
On a query on accelerating the nation’s vaccination drive, Dr Sharma mentioned the provision of vaccine, capability to vaccinate and demand are essential determinants.
The theme of the PAFI Dialogue was “Covid vaccination and the national digital health mission (NDHM)”.
Dr Sharma additionally highlighted the change within the Co-WIN digital platform from being a provide-pushed response within the preliminary section of vaccination of frontline staff and healthcare staff to being demand pushed since March 2021, the place the citizen can register and ebook an appointment schedule.
This change in digital system supply is requisite for accelerating the velocity of Covid-19 vaccination within the nation, he mentioned.
Talking concerning the world validity of the digital vaccination certificates issued by the federal government, Dr Sharma mentioned, “The WHO is working on a standard which is called as fast healthcare interoperability resources (FHIR). They are designing and working on the format of the digital certificate including various aspects that a digital certificate should contain and digital verifiability of same. India since the beginning has aligned to it. As soon as they come up with the standard, we will be in full compliance with the FHRI standard. So, the digital certificate issued by India will be valid everywhere.”
Highlighting NDHM as an trade-led platform and stating the expansion of teleconsultation, Dr Sharma mentioned that at the moment “we are registering 6.2 million consultations per day and we aim to achieve 200 million consultations per day”.