A couple of misconceptions regarding Polio Drops that needs due clarifications:-
▪Name of the manufacturer (Indian Vaccines / drops are the inferior most).
▪Keep in view the storage conditions.
Oral Polio Vaccine must be stored at 4°C.
It’s “Cold Chain Maintenance” must be ensured at all levels.
▪It’s a light & heat sensitive vaccine.
▪Polio Drops are so heat sensitive that you can’t hold beyond 30 seconds between your thumb & fingers.
▪Do confirm whether VVM that is Vaccine Vial Monitors are functioning well or not, this is one of the very important vital methods to judge the potency of polio drops.
▪It’s transportation (under the ideal conditions) is also an important factor to be kept in mind.
▪Always avoid giving polio drops when you judge that the Basic Protocols are not being followed properly & ideally.
You all must be feeling surprised that “why polio virus” has not been able to be eradicated from Pakistan or from some other Asian Countries, it carries a simple answer ; which can be made to understand with the following points :-
Lack of planning and management.
Lack of Cold Chain Maintenance at certain levels.
The teams deputed to offer polio drops lack in proper training, education & dedication.
Poor literacy ratio among the general masses.
On the whole, basically we have gone morally corrupt over the years.