Lack of updated database a challenge to Kathmandu’s immunisation campaign

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Jan 24, 2019-

Failure to maintain the database of families residing in the city is the major challenge faced by the Kathmandu Metropolitan City towards achieving full immunisation goal, officials said at the KMC Vaccination Coordination Committee meeting on Tuesday. 

Since the city does not have an updated database of the families currently living in Kathmandu, those who have left the city, and the families who have moved in recently, officials said there was no way of knowing if the immunisation campaign had succeeded. 

The city’s local representatives suggested exploring effective methods for volunteer mobilisation to update the database in order to achieve full immunisation goal.

The committee’s meeting also discussed on other agendas concerning immunisation, such as operation of effective and quality immunisation service, issuing immunisation certificates, and conducting annual household survey to update database.   

The government had launched a full immunisation programme in 2014, and so far 35 districts have been declared fully immunised.

The Kathmandu Metropolitan City announced its commitment to achieve full immunisation only last year.     

According to the 2014 Nepal Health and Population Survey, 17 percent children were deprived of immunisation service across the country while 3 percent children had not been inoculated at all. 

Published: 24-01-2019 10:14

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