KARACHI: Provincial Minister for Health Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar on Tuesday said improvement in routine immunization in Sindh province has been challenging task for health department which is committed to address all challenges with technical support of development partners like USAID, WHO and UNICEF.
This he said during IT equipment handing ceremony by USAID I Deliver Project to health department Sindh which was held at local hotel. The ceremony was attended by public and private sector senior staff, representatives from donor agencies, and development partners.
Deliver Project handed over USAID donated 350 sets of IT equipment worth Rs 52.5million to the health department for strengthening Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) data reporting through web- based vaccine Logistic Management Information System (vLMIS).
He said one of the significant steps taken by health department with support of USAID is the changing behaviour of public sector from manual to auto reporting introduction of web-based vaccine and cold chain logistics management information system. He called for accountability of the EPI district workforce to improve performance and vaccination coverage in the province.
He said with the launch of web based vaccine Logistic Management Information System (vLMIS) vaccination coverage will be improved in the province while 60 percent health issues will be addressed in better way in future.
Sectary Health Dr Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo reiterated departmental commitment to ensure Zero tolerance for non- performers. He appreciated the technical and financial support of USAID for improving health system indictors through Mother & Child Health program in the province.
He also appreciated the technical leadership of Dr Mohammad Tariq Country Director, JSI-Health Logistics and his team for bridging the US government’s supply chain system strengthening worth 3.2 billion rupees during last six years to the health and population department of Sindh.
He further said that since the vaccine LMIS covers all EPI information requirements, hence it will be introduced as EPI information system in the province. He advised the EPI officials to fully implement the vLMIS up the EPI centre level and ensure quality data throughout regular monitoring.
Country Director, Dr Mohammad Tariq, told that IT equipment including desktop, computers, printers & UPS which have been distributed among trained vLMIS operators at provincial, district and taluka level by John Snow, Inc, through it project of USAID I Deliver Project. He said with this support the implementation process of online data management system for vaccines & cold chain logistics, including comprehensive trainings of 3500 EPI staff on the use of vLMIS had been successfully completed.
He said currently, Sindh is only province that has implemented USAID supported web-based vLMIS in all 24 districts and 18 Karachi towns for real data management and monitoring vaccine and cold chain logistics.
Director General Health Services Dr Hassan Murad Shah acknowledged the USAID’s logistics and supply chain support provided through Deliver Project for strengthening routine immunization across the Sindh province. Deputy Mission Director, USAID Ms Jacqueline Schumacher said that the US government highly appreciates the receptive approach of Sindh government towards health sector reforms and that we are committed to continue our support to strengthen public health supply chain system.