BBMP to launch e-vaccine programme

The eVIN is an app-based technology that helps in gathering real-time data on stored vaccines, its stocks and flows, and even its storage temperatures across all cold chain points in the city. (Image for representation)

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike is all set to roll out Electronic Vaccine Intelligent Network (eVIN) to monitor the status of stored vaccines in hospitals across the city.

The eVIN is an app-based technology that helps in gathering real-time data on stored vaccines, its stocks and flows, and even its storage temperatures across all cold chain points in the city.

“All these days, we were monitoring the condition of vaccines manually. This technology will ease things out as we can monitor online,” said Dr Manoranjan Hegde, chief health officer, BBMP.

“This also reduces the wastage of vaccines. Once there is a change in the temperature in a place, the sensors will send signals through the app, so that necessary action can be taken immediately,” explained Hegde.

“The BBMP will launch this project across 87 primary health centres and 30 maternity homes across the city in the next 10 days,” he said. All our staff have been given adequate training, he added.

How this works?

With the help of the eVIN application, those who monitor the storage have to update the information about the net utilisation of each vaccine in standardised registers
at the end of every immunisation day. Temperature data is recorded and updated every 60 minutes on the server via General Packet Radio Service. The difference in temperature is communicated by sending an alarm through a mail or SMS.

The programme was launched by the Centre in 2015. It was rolled out across 12 states in 371 districts, including Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Chattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Odisha, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. The government is extending the programme across Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and Uttarakhand.

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