Monitoring of Supply, Storage and Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccinations

  July 24, 2021 By: INSEC

A team of Consultation and Monitoring Committee of Province 2 formed by the National Human Rights Commission has monitored the supply, storage, and distribution of the vaccines on July 23, 2021.

A team consisting of Raju Paswan, Coordinator of Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC) Province 2, Manmaya Rana Magar, Human Rights Officer of National Human Rights Commission, Dr. Ram Naresh Pandit, Chairperson of Nepal Medical Association Janakpur, Manoj Danuwar, District Chairperson of Nepal Human Rights Organization and Rajeev Karna, Officer of National Human Rights Commission reached the Health Division of the Ministry of Social Development and the District Public Health Office, Dhanusha and monitored the supply, storage and distribution of vaccines against COVID-19.

Chief of the Health Division at the Ministry of Social Development, Dr. Mukti Sah, said there is a lack of space to store the vaccines therefore a building was being constructed at Mujeliya in Janakpur for storage. He said that it was necessary to spread awareness about vaccination in the rural areas as they are not aware of the importance of vaccination till now. He also informed that there are about 5,000 vaccination centres in the province.

According to Sah, there is a province-level monitoring committee is led by Bijay Jha, Chief of the Health Directorate in Province 2, and a district-level monitoring committee led by the Chief District Officers in each district of Province 2. According to him, the committee monitors the impact of COVID-19 and the distribution and management of vaccines against COVID.

Acting Chief of the District Public Health Office, Dhanusha, Suresh Yadav informed that 135 people have died due to COVID-19 in the district so far. He said that it was important to adopt health awareness despite the reduction in the infection rate in the district. He further added that the district public health office has the capacity to hold 15,000 to 16,000 Verocell vaccines. He informed that Johnson & Johnson has arrived on July 22, 2021. It can be used for 43,000 doses for the people in the district.

According to Yadav, preparations are being made to categorize the people into four categories of the age group of 50 to 54, persons with disabilities, health workers, and refugees and they are also preparing to add 133 vaccination centres in the district. He said although the students of the colleges were told to get the first dose of vaccination before attending the examination, there has been no such instruction to vaccinate them.

He said out of the total verocell vaccines received so for 26,761 have been used and 275 are remaining.

Store keeper Ashok Yadav said that there was a shortage of storeroom and they had to rent a house and store it. He informed that work is underway to build store rooms in four places including Manipal. He said that there is a dry store at Devi Chowk in Janakpur and a cold store at Mujeliya. Yadav further added that health equipment was provided by the government and donor agencies but there is a lack of proper storage for that equipment.

He informed that the health supplies including PPE have been sent in sufficient quantity to the district health institutions and local level.

INSEC Province 2 Office, Janakpurdham