SunstarTV Bureau: The Odisha government reconstituted State-level and district-level committees for surveillance of Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI), as per the guidance of the central government, today.
The decision was taken after the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare directed the States and UTs to reconstitute AEFI committees.
While the Director of Family Welfare and the State Immunization Officer, Sribatsa Nayak is appointed as the Chairman and Member Secretary of the State-level AEFI committee, the Chief District Medical & Public Health Officer and the Additional District Public Health Officer are given charge as Chairman and Member Secretary of the District-level AEFI Committees.
The government formed a 21-member AEFI Committee at the State-level and a 14-member AEFI Committee at the district-level.
Other members of the State-level AEFI Committee:
Jt. Director (Immunization); Jt. Director (IDSP); Drug Controller, Odisha; HOD, Paediatrics, Capital Hospital; HOD, Pathology, Capital Hospital; HOD, Microbiology, Capital Hospital,; HOD, Medicine, Capital Hospital; HOD, Pulmonary Medicine, Capital Hospital; HOD, SPM Department, SCB MCH, Cuttack; HOD, Neurology Department, SCB MCH, Cuttack; HOD, FMT Department, SCB MCH, Cuttack; HOD, Microbiology Deptt, SCB MCH, Cuttack; HOD, Cardiology Deptt., SCB MCH, Cuttack; HOD, Pulmonary Medicine Deptt, SCB MCH, Cuttack; HOD, Paediatric Deptt, SCB MCH, Cuttack; State Cold Chain Officer; Secretary, IAP, Bhubaneswar; Health Specialist, UNICEF, Odisha; SRTL, WHO, Bhubaneswar.
Other members of the District-level AEFI Committee:
Sr. Paediatric Specialist, DHH; Sr. Pathology Specialist, DHH; Sr. Microbiologist Specialist, DHH; Sr. Medicine Specialist, DHH; Sr. Pulmonary Medicine Specialist, DHH; Neurologist (DHH or Nearby Medical College); Cardiologist (DHH or Nearby Medical College); Epidemiologist of concerned district; Drug Inspector of concerned district; Member of Urban Local Bodies; Medical Officer I/C where AEFI occurred; Concerned Surveillance Medical Officer, WHO.
The Health and Family Welfare Department fixed roles and responsibilities for the State-level AEFI Committee.
- Desk review of Case Reporting Formats (CRF), Preliminary Case Investigation Formats (PCIF) and Final Case Investigation Formats (FCIF) of each AEFI cases reported by the district
- Field visit and inspection of vaccination site, cold chain stores etc as per need
- Interviewing AEFI case /Relatives, treating Doctor /Staff, Vaccinator, member of District AEFI Committee if required to help in Causality assessment
- Analysis of similar or cluster of cases in the State
- To do causality assessment of reported AEFI cases as per guideline