By Asma Ali Zain
DUBAI – Hospitals and clinics in the emirate have been given six months to be licensed as Vaccine Qualified Clinics in order to be able to offer immunisation services, according to a new policy outlined by the Dubai Health Authority on Sunday.
The authority announced that the policy would improve the immunisation services, particularly childhood vaccination at all hospitals and health clinics in the private, government and free zone areas in Dubai. A study conducted by DHA showed that more than half of the clinics were not reporting adverse events. Khaleej Times, while reporting the upcoming policy last year, also reported that the DHA will establish a central registry to record details on the immunisation programme.
The policy will enforce the national immunisation programme approved by the Ministry of Health and will also ensure implementation of a unified and improved recording and reporting system across all healthcare facilities. It will also ensure that an appropriate way is devised of tracing children who do not show up for their immunisations on the appointed days.