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Kolkata: Aiming to ease the process of immunisation for busy parents, a new healthcare startup here on Thursday launched a hassle-free door-to-door vaccination service for children.

Indivac, a professional at-home vaccination service, has started providing services in Kolkata and will soon branch out to Hyderabad and other Indian states.

Onboard are a team of two paediatricians and eight trained paramedics who will take care of all aspects of the immunisation process, including any troubleshooting, said Indivac founder and CEO Amit Agarwal.

“We have seen that it becomes a concern for parents to take time out from their busy schedule to go to the physician and get their kids vaccinated. In addition, there are worries about hygiene as well. To counter all that, we are bringing trained professionals to their doorsteps at the click of a button,” said Agarwal.

In order to access, users will need to register for vaccinations via a toll-free number as well or the startup’s website.

“After logging in, they need to upload their physician’s prescriptions and vaccination card. Once our team verifies their authenticity, parents can order an injection as per their convenience. They can also track the movements of the designated paramedic,” said co-founder Alkesh Agarwal.

The web-based service will soon be integrated with a mobile app scheduled to be inaugurated in a month.

Each vaccination drive costs Rs.99 while customers get a discount of 15 percent on the vaccines procured from leading manufacturers.

Apart from the benefit of maintaining a database of medical history online, users will also get alerts for the next vaccination dose.

“The company will ensure data is protected and will also dispose of the biomedical waste in a regulated manner. We are storing the vaccines in proper portable cold chain boxes.

“Invoice is provided via mail and handed over physically to ensure transparency,” said Alkesh, adding that the number of consultant doctors and trained paramedics will also grow as they fan out.

The company, with a corpus of Rs.1 crore, is also delivering adult vaccines as well as pregnancy/IVF injections according to prescriptions, the founders said.

(IANS)

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Polio Vaccination Team Members Killed in Pakistan

Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world where polio is still endemic, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria

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Relatives mourn a female anti-polio drive campaign worker who was shot to death by gunmen, at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, Jan. 18, 2018.
Relatives mourn a female anti-polio drive campaign worker who was shot to death by gunmen, at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, Jan. 18, 2018. VOA

Two vaccination workers were killed and two were seriously wounded, officials said

Militants ambushed a polio vaccination team in a remote tribal region in Pakistan, killing two of the medical workers and seriously wounding another two, officials said Sunday.

The gunmen also attacked tribal police and the paramilitary Frontier Corps when they responded to the attack late Saturday, killing one paramilitary and wounding another.

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Polio workers have come under attack on several occasions since it was revealed that the CIA used a polio vaccination campaign as a ruse to get information on Osama bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. commandos in Pakistan in 2011.Those revelations fed into claims by Islamic extremists that the vaccinations are part of a Western plot against Muslims.

A boy receives polio vaccine drops by anti-polio vaccination workers along a street in Quetta, Pakistan, Jan. 2, 2017.
A boy receives polio vaccine drops by anti-polio vaccination workers along a street in Quetta, Pakistan, Jan. 2, 2017. VOA

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An official in Pakistan’s restive Mohmand Agency, Younus Khan, said two workers from the seven-member polio vaccination team went missing after the attack but later returned unharmed. He says security forces are still searching for the attackers.

Jamaatul Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed the attack.

Khan said the bodies of the polio workers were handed over to relatives and their funeral will take place later in the day.

Provincial Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra condemned the attack, calling the polio workers heroes. VOA

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