BMC starts process to identify spaces for Covid vaccine storage

Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala
| Mumbai |

December 1, 2020 1:48:21 am

The Union Health ministry has knowledgeable all state governments to put together their chilly storage services. (Representational)

With the rollout of the vaccine for Covid-19 imminent by subsequent 12 months, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has initiated the process of figuring out spaces for chilly storage services for storing the vaccine as nicely buildings that shall be used as vaccination centres.

The Union Health ministry has knowledgeable all state governments to put together their chilly storage services. The BMC is changing a 5,000 sq. ft flooring in a five-storey civic constructing reverse the Kanjurmarg police station into a chilly storage facility. The facility shall be prepared by December 15. “This will act as a central storage facility that can store five lakh vaccine doses. This building is being used for Covid-19 screening and management right now. We are converting one of the floors into cold storage, if need arises other floors will be converted too,” stated Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani.

BMC’s mechanical and engineering division has begun work to assess how huge deep freezers and walk-in fridges shall be required within the facility. The civic physique is within the process of issuing a young for chilly storage within the Kanjurmarg constructing in coming days. Kakani added that the central authorities or the state authorities shall be offering transportation containers to transfer vaccine from one centre to one other.

Currently, Mumbai has over 300 ice lined fridges in each dispensary and well being submit which are utilised for routine immunisation like polio, measles and rubella. Existing vaccines can’t be saved together with Covid-19 vaccine due to variations in particular temperature required to retailer them. Executive well being officer Dr Mangala Gomare stated they’re nonetheless awaiting authorities’s instructions on which vaccine in opposition to coronavirus shall be finalised. “We need to know the capacity required, whether vaccine will be in liquid or powder form and temperature requirements. Unless we know all this, we cannot set-up the storage facility to exact specifications,” she stated.

Currently, every dispensary and well being submit has ice lined fridges to retailer routine vaccines. “We may have to procure more ice lined refrigerators and deep freezers for Covid-19 vaccines if the scale of vaccination drive becomes huge,” Gomare added.

In Mumbai, the principle storage centre till now for polio vaccines is the Parel office, the place the chief well being office is headquartered. The Kanjurmarg facility will function an unique level for Covid-19 vaccines.

Once a vaccine is permitted, KEM, Sion, Nair, and Dr RN Cooper hospital will function vaccination factors for docs, nurses, hospital employees and personal docs in first part. Civic officers stated they’ve a listing of 1.25 lakh well being staff from private and non-private sector together with their e-mail addresses and cellphone numbers to schedule their vaccination appointments. In Nair hospital, Dean Dr RN Bharmal stated the hospital is already storing Astra-Zeneca vaccine at the moment in use for the medical trial. “We can store more than 50,000 doses in hospital. We can utilise blood bank and microbiology department’s cold storage if needed,” he stated. In RN Cooper hospital, Dean Dr Pinakin Gujjar stated he’s ready for instructions from BMC to start preparations. “We have limited storage for vaccines. Once we are told specifications, we will work accordingly,” he stated.

In second part, BMC plans to rope in two dispensaries or well being posts from every ward as vaccination level. The 48 vaccination factors throughout 24 wards shall be equally divided in east and west area of the wards.

Across Maharashtra, the well being ministry will put together a listing of healthcare staff for vaccination by December 6. So far, 98 per cent of well being staff in public sector and 75 per cent in personal sector have been registered for vaccination. A state official stated they’ve additionally begun the process of figuring out vaccinators— primarily interns, medical college students, auxiliary nurse midwives— in numerous districts to vaccinate folks. Committees at district stage have been fashioned to put together native vaccination plan in coordination with state vaccination committee.

“By January, the Government of India will provide deep freezers, ice lined refrigerators and walk-in refrigerators to us. In December, the infrastructure for this facility will be set up. By next week, the central government will send syringes for vaccines. We have already readied storage space for them,” stated Health Secretary Dr Pradeep Vyas.

With 30 vaccine candidates at the moment underneath varied levels of growth in India and at the very least 5 present process medical trials, well being officers are vaccine availability in early subsequent 12 months. Astra Zeneca-Oxford, Moderna and Pfizer stay the entrance runners amongst vaccines globally, whereas in India Astra Zeneca and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin are in second and third part of trials, respectively. Civic officers stated they’ve a prepared set-up to help Astra Zeneca Oxford vaccine that requires 2-8 levels Celsius temperature to retailer.

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