Quality of vaccine storage and conservation in primary health care centers

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Tin SS, Wiwanitkit V. Quality of vaccine storage and conservation in primary health care centers. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2014;7:245-6

 

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Tin SS, Wiwanitkit V. Quality of vaccine storage and conservation in primary health care centers. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2014 [cited 2021 Apr 13];7:245-6. Available from: https://www.atmph.org/text.asp?2014/7/5/245/154830

Dear Sir,

Vaccination coverage is the key point in the success of preventive immunization. The primary health-care centers usually play an important role in giving vaccines to the local people. However, the most important concern is the quality of the vaccines used in the vaccination process.

The recent article on “quality of vaccine storage and conservation in primary health care centers” [1] can provide good evidence regarding this issue. Oliveira et al. studied several primary health-care centers and found that “vaccine storage and conservation quality levels were inadequate in 59.3% and critical in 26.9% of these facilities.” [1] In fact, the quality of the primary health-care center is a big issue and worth discussing in any developing country. Good-quality management is needed (not only for the vaccination program but also for other health programs). [2] Zeith et al. noted that “the supervisory system and the health information system (HIS) for improvement” are the main systems to be implemented for upgrading the standards and quality of primary health-care centers. Nevertheless, it should be noted that although the primary health-care center is closely linked to vaccination for the local community, the quality of the vaccination depends on several processes, including pre-primary health-care center steps. For the pre-primary health-care center, vaccine production and distribution (transportation and allocation) to the primary health-care center should be well-controlled.

References

 

1.
Oliveira VC, Gallardo Mdel P, Arcêncio RA, Gontijo TL, Pinto IC. Assessment of quality of vaccine storage and conservation in primary health care centers. Cien Saude Colet 2014;19:3889-98.
2.
Zeitz PS, Salami CG, Burnham G, Goings SA, Tijani K, Morrow RH. Quality assurance management methods applied to a local-level primary health care system in rural Nigeria. Int J Health Plann Manage 1993;8:235-44.

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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.154830

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