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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 7-11

“Evaluation of Non-electrical cold chain equipments of all urban health centers (UHCs) of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) area.”


1 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Community Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Valsad, Gujarat, India
2 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Community Medicine, Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
J K Govani
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Community Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Valsad, Gujarat
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2347-6486.239549

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Introduction: Cold chain is important elements of immunization programme. Aims & objectives: 1) To evaluated the status of Non electrical equipments. 2) To take necessary corrective measures whenever required and give relevant advices to handlers for improving the system. Methodology: A cross sectional study was conducted at all the 56 UHCs of AMC area during May 2012 to January 2013. Pretested check list was used having details of various cold chain elements. Results & discussion: Majority (55.4%) of the UHCs had no cold boxes. Majority (92.9%) of the UHC had adequate stock of vaccine carriers. Mean of broken vaccine carriers was 5.9 ± 8.2. Vaccine carrier were properly closed at 47 (83.9%) & secured with belt at 14 (25%) sites. Only 10(18.5%) DFs showed criss-cross icepacks arrangement. Significantly higher number of icepacks had leakage at the session site (38.1%) than at UHCs (14.6%) Conclusion: The practice of using thermocol box instead of cold box needs to be stopped. Effective monitoring & logistic management for all non electrical cold chain equipments are required.


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