PUNE: The Union health ministry’s move to set up three more yellow fever vaccinationcentres in the state, including one in Pune, has run into trouble. The centers are meant for the people travelling to some countries in Africa and South America which require people entering their land to carry a yellow fever vaccination certificate.
Health authorities at the state-run hospitals, where these centers are supposed to come up, are reluctant to assign additional work to their existing staff. They say their teams are overburdened to manage the centres’ functioning. The three state-run facilities identified are Sassoon Hospital, Pune, J J Hospital, Mumbai and Government Medical College in Nagpur.
“All the three hospitals want separate and independent staff to look after the functioning of the centres. Past two meetings to find a solution could not take place due to technical reasons. The matter will be sorted out soon,” said D D Malekar, senior regional director (regional office) of the Union ministry of health and family welfare.
“Besides the need for separate staff, there is the question of forming a supply chain to fulfill the vaccine requirement at the identified centres. The issue will be discussed in the next meeting,” Malekar added.
At present, there are two vaccination centres operational in Mumbai at Port Health Office, Colaba, and at the Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport.
Senior orthopaedic surgeon Ajay Chandanwale, dean, Sassoon Hospital and B J Medical College in Pune, said, “There are some technical issues vis-a-vis starting the yellow vaccination centre at our hospital which have not yet been resolved.”
The centre envisages a one-room set up at the government health facility which will be manned by a medical officer and a nurse. “It will offer vaccinations only on fixed days and during fixed hours. It will be open once or twice a week for those travelling to yellow fever endemic countries,” Malekar said.