LAHORE - Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq has said that routine immunisation coverage would be enhanced up to 90 to 95 per cent within a year that would also help decreasing infant mortality rate.

Addressing a training workshop for master trainers on Vaccine Logistic Management Information System (vLMIS) arranged by USAID deliver program at a local hotel yesterday, he said that routine immunization coverage has increased to 75 per cent during the last one year.

Provincial Coordinator USAID Dr Nisar Ahmed Cheema, Dr Tanvir Ahmed, Dr Zafar Ikram, officials of USAID Program and EDOs Health of different districts were also present. Dr Nisar Cheema said that vLMIS has been implemented in 13 districts.

He said that the system has improved reporting and reduced wastage of vaccine. He said that USAID deliver program provided technical and financial support in launching of vLMIS. He said that this program would be introduced in remaining 23 districts in two phases. Kh Salman Rafiq expressed hope that vLMIS would help improving vaccination coverage by improving data visibility and accountability of staff. He said that it would also improve cold change management system.