The new vaccination centre at 243A De La Thanh street in Hanoi (Photo: vnvc.vn)

 

Hanoi (VNA) The Vietnam Vaccine Joint Stock Company (VNVC) on June 17 inaugurated its third vaccination centre at 243A De La Thanh street in Hanoi.

Covering an area of more than 3,000 square metres, the centre is the largest and most modern of its kind in the country. It is capable of serving up to 3,000 people per day, with 80 rooms for medical checkups and injection. The centre provides all vaccines for children and adults. 

Earlier in December 2017, VNVC opened its second vaccination centre in Ho Chi Minh City’s Phu Nhuan district, aiming to meet the increasing demand of immunisation of local people. The establishment includes 17 rooms for checkups and 13 others for inoculation, enabling it to serve up to 2,500 people a day.

According to the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, the coverage of immunisation in the first three months of 2018 was on progress. Specifically, the rate of infants receiving hepatitis B vaccines within the first 24 hours after birth was 16.9 percent, higher than the same period last year (16.2 percent).

The number of whooping cough cases in January-March was reduced in comparison to the same period in 2017. No diphtheria cases were reported in the reviewed period (five cases recorded in the first quarter of 2017).

Particularly, in February 2018, the measles-rubella vaccine produced by Vietnam was utilised for children in Nam Dinh, Khanh Hoa, Dak Nong and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces.

As a result, 7,787 children aged 18-24 months received vaccination and no serious reaction cases were recorded after that.

The national vaccination information management system has been operated nationwide with more than 11,000 vaccination sites at medical stations in communes and wards.-VNA