Yen Bai improves quality of expanded immunisation programme

  •  Tuesday, June 02, 2020

YBO - In the recent past, Yen Bai province has harnessed resources for promoting the expanded immunisation programme. Aside from opportunely providing sufficient vaccines, other supplies and funding, all-level authorities, sectors, organisations and localities have coordinated in steering and organising the programme implementation.

A health worker in Thanh Luong commune of Nghia Lo town gives a vaccination shot to a baby.
A health worker in Thanh Luong commune of Nghia Lo town gives a vaccination shot to a baby.

The province carries out vaccination activities twice a month. Under this programme, the ComBE Five and SII vaccines replace Quinvaxem, SII has been used for babies between 12 and 18 months old who haven’t been vaccinated or received enough shots, and the tetanus-diphtheria (Td) vaccine for seven-year-old children at schools and in the community. Besides, bOPV3 and IPV have been supplied for the communes with less than 60 percent of local babies under one year of age receiving the vaccines.

The provincial General Hospital, the Nghia Lo General Hospital and the Obstetric and Paediatric Hospital have maintained the injection of the hepatitis B vaccine for newborn babies. This activity has also been sustained by the obstetric division of districts’ medical centres, the 18 general clinics of regions, and all the 101 communal health stations.

Meanwhile, mobile vaccination sites have been organised in mountainous communes and disadvantaged areas where it is hard for children to reach health stations.

As a result, up to 98.6 percent of children under one year of age have received sufficient vaccination shots, 88.8 percent of pregnant women have been vaccinated with the UV2+ tetanus vaccine, and 96.2 percent of newborns have got hepatitis B vaccine injections within 24 hours of birth. These results have exceeded set targets, and no cases with serious body reactions have been reported.

Tran Minh

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