KP health department equips EPI vaccinators with smart phones

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PESHAWAR: The Health Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tuesday equipped 3000 vaccinators of EPI (Extended Programme for Immunization) with smart phones to monitor their performance and to ensure proper vaccination in the province covering every child.“The step has been taken to strengthened a well- coordinated mechanism to ensure efficientand timely monitoring of vaccinators across the province,” said Secretary Health, Muhammad Abid Majeed while speaking at MoU signing ceremony between EPI and Telenor Cellular company.These smart phones will be linked to an online dash board, all the District Health Officers andEPI Coordinators; have access to and the performance of each and every vaccinator can be monitored online, said Dr. Abdul Hameed Afridi while briefing the participants of the ceremony.The MoU signing ceremony was witnessed by Secretary Health Abid Majeed and other high ups of health department and Telenor representatives.Secretary Health Abid Majeed while expressing views on this occasion said that provincial Government had created  a number of posts of vaccinators adding that each union council of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had  more vaccinators than the international standards.The international standards of vaccinators for each Union Council is 1.5 while we have 2.5 whichis far more than internationally set standards, he reiterated. Secretary Health said in KP the number of vaccinators with EPI is more than 3176 while the number of UCs are around 1063.“We have already equipped our vaccinators with motorcycles but  were looking for an innovative mechanism to keep a vigilant eye on all our field workers and thus  introduced this on line monitoring through smart phones” Abid Majeed added. He stressed that salary of the vaccinators should be linked with their performance and everyvaccinator should get monthly salary and POL chargers on basis of his performance and area covered. He informed that if this experience turns into a success story, the same will be replicated for monitoring of doctors and other paramedics as well.

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