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New Policy of Immunization Registry is approved by DHA

DubaiThe Health Authority announced a standardized policy improving immunization services, particularly childhood vaccination, at all hospitals and clinics. This policy was decided to be applied after deep research. Laila Al Jassmi, CEO of Health Policy and Strategy at the DHA, said “Prior to introducing this policy, we conducted a detailed analysis of the in Dubai and later analyzed the data and identified existing gaps”. In order to offer this service clinics must be licensed as Vaccine-Qualified Clinics (VQCs). Dr Aizeldin Ibrahim, Acting Director of Public Health and Safety, Health Policy and Strategy Sector at the DHA, commented “The policy was a result of an in-depth study”.

He added that in 2009 a study showed that 28% of the clinics were not following the national immunization schedule, 41% didn’t have reminder system and 48% had a shortage of tracking defaulters systems. Also accidents and mistakes occurred in 46% of private healthcare facilities weren’t informed. However, only 38% of clinics applied the immunization registry system and 88% of the private hospitals followed specific policy to maintain cold chain.

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