Data glitch hits drive in 19 govt hospitals in Bengaluru | Bengaluru News – Times of India
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BENGALURU: Nineteen healthcare institutions run by the central government in Bengaluru have not yet started Covid-19 vaccination because of CoWIN mapping issues. The Centre had done the registration of beneficiaries, but problems in linking the institutions to vaccine supplying agencies have delayed the programme.
A total of 13,000 healthcare workers are employed at these facilities and they are waiting for their first dose.
The facilities include ESI Model Hospital, Rajajinagar; Command Hospital; Air Force Institute of Dental Sciences, Composite Hospital CRPF; Railway Health Unit, Yeshwantpur; Railway Hospital; National Institute of Unani Medicine; AIR India Limited; and Siddha Clinical Research Institute. For security reasons, the data of the employees was not shared with BBMP or Bengaluru Urban district authorities, according to an official. The Centre uploaded it on the CoWIN portal.
“In the case of ESI Hospital, Rajajinagar has been mentioned as the taluk when no such taluk exists. These minor errors have also mattered. We are waiting for the government’s direction to supply vaccines to these centres. It is likely to happen in a couple of days,” Dr Srinivas GA, who is the Bengaluru Urban district health officer, told STOI. A doctor at ESI Hospital lamented the delays. “The Covid-19 vaccine becomes effective 14 to 15 days after the second dose. While the rest of the state received vaccine supplies two weeks ago, we are still waiting for them,” the doctor added.
On January 16, when BBMP and health department officials were coordinating with several hospitals for the smooth launch of vaccination sessions, the 19 facilities had no idea when they would receive the doses.
“We thought they would arrive in a couple of days, but it has been two weeks now. The technical problems came to light only after doctors at the hospitals started making enquiries with the state government,” said a doctor from another affected hospital. The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, or Nimhans, is a central facility, but it has not faced these issues.
Dr Arundhati Chandrahsekar, mission director (Karnataka), National Health Mission, confirmed that vaccines had not been distributed among the 19 hospitals because of data mismatches. “The details of healthcare workers serving in these hospitals were uploaded by the government of India. The details have been uploaded against the wrong block or district. We have flagged this issue with the government. Mapping these hospitals with the cold chain points is to be done,” Dr Arundhati added.