Indian Current Affairs August 2013

National Teeka Express

The National Teeka Express was launched by Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare on 1st August 2013. It has been launched to protect children from life-threatening childhood diseases. Government of India noticed gaps in the implementation of Alternate Vaccine Delivery in difficult areas with low access to healthcare services.
Many a times ANMs have to collect the vaccines on the day preceding the immunization day, which may compromise the cold chain maintenance and possible loss of potency of vaccine. Improper storage could also lead to Adverse Events Following Immunization. For this reason, Government of India has launched this innovative and ambitious initiative of National Teeka Express.

Designated vehicles under the brand name of ‘National Teeka Express’ will help not only in distribution of the vaccines and complementary logistics from last cold chain point to immunization session sites but will also ensure holding of sessions at the mobile vaccination centre now. In order to reduce vaccine wastage and ensure better utilization of vaccines, including costly vaccines like Pentavalent vaccine ‘Teeka Express’ will be used with reverse cold chain to bring back the open and un-used vaccines for use in subsequent sessions. The Teeka Express will also serve as a mobile healthcare delivery unit for the areas where there is no healthcare facility or health worker. 

National Teeka Express is planned to be piloted in 69 high priority districts with difficult areas and low immunization coverage. For these districts, 1,850 vehicles are planned to be procured with GoI assistance. In the first phase the 120 vehicles of ‘Teeka Express’’ are planned in 6 districts of 5 states namely Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh.

This post contains the Indian current affairs of August 2013. These are short current affairs 2013 notes for quick review.
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