Children’s vaccination programme another victim of nurses-midwives tussle

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

As a result of the tussle between the nurses and midwives, the National Immunisation clinics located in all the MOH divisions have come to a standstill, depriving many children of their due vaccinations.

Health Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka when contacted said that on the instruction of Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena he had issued alternative circulars to the Epidemiology Chief Dr. Mrs. Paba Palihawadena to use alternative methods to provide the due immunisations to children on time.

He added that with immediate effect the due immunisation vaccinations could be obtained through all the maternity and childcare clinics situated in all hospitals. Under this circular, the government hospitals should maintain adequate stocks of drugs, vaccinations and other required medical requirements in their stores.

Epidemiology Unit Chief Dr. Mrs. Paba Palihawadena contacted for comment said that she had notified all government hospitals in writing that all the maternity and post-partum clinics in the hospitals were required to maintain immunization programmes for children without fail. Until some other arrangements were made, the parents were requested to bring their infants to hospital maternity clinics as maternity clinics in the MOH divisions did not properly function.

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