SHIMLA: With a view to increase the immunity of children and prevent them from various diseases, the chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu led Congress government in Himachal Pradesh has decided that the vaccination in the state would now be implemented through U-WIN portal that has been started by the government as a pilot project in Solan and Sirmaur districts. Complete information about maternal and child vaccination in the state will be available on this portal.
Under this centre sponsored project, these two districts have been included in selected districts across the country.
This portal has been developed on the lines of CoWIN portal. The data of all the vaccination beneficiaries of the state will be available in the portal. Complete information about vaccination from time to time after the birth of the child will be available on this portal. Earlier, information related to vaccination was available only through an offline medium. This portal is also being linked directly to the labour room, so that correct and accurate information is available. All government and private hospitals are also being linked with the U-WIN portal.
Himachal Pradesh has an estimated target of vaccinating more than one lakh new born babies and about 1.27 lakh pregnant women annually. For this purpose, there are a total of 390 cold chain points in the state. As a pilot project, 42 cold chain points of both districts will be covered under the U-WIN portal launched in Solan and Sirmaur districts. UWIN Portal is a digital solution to facilitate tracking of every pregnant woman and child for vaccination.
At present, an estimated 43,000 beneficiaries will be benefited annually through the U-WIN portal launched in these two districts. An estimated 11,000 children and 13,000 pregnant women in the age group of 0-1 years will be benefited in district Solan. While in district Sirmaur, an estimated 9100 children and 10 thousand pregnant women in the age group of 0-1 years will be benefited.
According to the health department officials, all the beneficiaries will get the information regarding their vaccination through SMS. The Mother and Child health is one of the most important health aspects and complete information regarding their schedule of vaccination along with venue and time through SMS on their registered mobile number from the U-WIN portal itself. Beneficiaries may get vaccinated in any state as the record of U-WIN portal is available at the national level, they said.
The special feature of the portal is that after the completion of the vaccination process, the beneficiary will also get the vaccination certificate. To get the beneficiary registered in the U-WIN portal, Aadhaar card and mobile number will have to be provided at the vaccination center.
The state government, through the health department, vaccinates children against various diseases, which mainly include Rotavirus infection, Tuberculosis, Measles, Whooping cough, Tetanus, Hepatitis-B infection, etc. Vaccination, on the one hand boosts the immunity of children and on the other strengthens them to fight against various bacteria and viruses.