Erratic power supply affects vaccination

  • Vaccines worth Rs 2 million damaged
- BASANTA PRATAP SINGH, BAJHANG

Jun 26, 2016-

Around 2,000 children are set to be deprived of vaccination in Bajhang district as essential vaccines worth around Rs 2 million of the district hospital have been damaged in the past one week, thanks to prolonged power cuts.

“We have no option than to stop the immunisation programme, as essential vaccines have been damaged,” said Dr Bishnu Khatiwada, chief of district hospital. “We cannot use BCG, DPT, polio and measles vaccines. They should be stored in vaccine refrigerators maintaining the temperature between two to eight degrees Celsius. But we faced prolonged outage and our backup generator could not supply enough electricity.” 

Power supply was first obstructed in the district headquarters three months ago due to reconstruction works at Surma Devi Hydropower Project. The project then started supplying electricity to the district headquarters, government offices and the hospital through two generators. About a week ago, the hydropower resumed power supply, but it has been erratic. 

But according to the hydrowpower project, the electricity supply has been disrupted only for the last four days. 

“We stopped operating generators after we started supplying electricity from the power house,” said Surendra Singh of the power project. “There were some technical problems due to which power supply was irregular.”

Published: 26-06-2016 11:31

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