1,317 home jabs, zero AEFI case till August 9, says BMC | India News – Times of India


MUMBAI: The civic administration said till Monday 1,317 bed ridden citizens were vaccinated in Mumbai with zero instances of any Adverse Effect following immunization (AEFI).
The BMC gave the latest figures in its affidavit dated August 10, filed before the Bombay high court in a PIL filed by advocate Dhruti Kapadia who had in April sought a policy for doorstep jabs to the elderly and homebound, specially abled persons.
It said so far 4,889 bed ridden individuals have registered for the home vaccination. The BMC also said that for the drive it took NGO support in some wards for manpower and ‘Basic Life Support’ ambulance. It also said that on July 30, it did a pilot round with Non governmental organization (NGO) support, where 37 bed ridden beneficiaries got the jabs in door-to-door vaccination.
The role of NGOs can be to help in calling recipients 3-4 days earlier, sensitizing local doctors and help beneficiaries to obtain the fitness certificates and also to arrange for doctors to wait for 30 minutes post vaccination and assist with manpower to “ease the burden of an already strained public health system.’’
The BMC affidavit said since the issues raised in the PIL has been addressed and resolved by the Union, State and local authorities…petition has now become infructuous and deserves to be dismissed with cost.’’
Project Mumbai is an NGO that partnered with BMC for the door-to-door vaccination drive.
Kapadia, in additional suggestion for the drive has said if a doctor of a beneficiary cannot give a certificate of fitness, a civic doctor may be roped in to certify and monitor, also help lines and text messages are essential in addition to email as means for people to register for the drive. Additionally, where people have no government ID cards, bio-metrics may be used, said Kapadia to ensure no eligible beneficiary is left out.
The PIL has been posted by the HC bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish Kulkarni for further hearing on August 12.

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