Sehat’s Corporate Vaccination Program
Health is wealth. This bodes true especially for factories where the productivity of their workers is a catalyst or a boon to the overall company’s financial stature. Pakistan is a country where there is a huge prevalence of typhoid and pneumonia during particular seasons during the year. These diseases can obligate workers to take leave and hence jeopardize the productivity levels of their respective companies.
That’s where corporate vaccinations come in to the picture. They have been indoctrinated into law as per the Pakistan Factories Act, 1934, and Punjab Factories’ Rules, 1978. However, companies’ outsourcing this activity to a single doctor can have dire consequences, such as follows:
- Failure to maintain the temperature of the vaccine in question between the recommended temperature range of 2-8 degrees Celcius
- Failure to take vital information of patients medical history in an sound documented manner
- Failure to maintain the sanctity, and disposal of, each syringe used for the inoculations
- Failure to take certain precautions before each inoculation, such as wearing gloves or masks to prevent the dispersement of germs
There is, however, a solution to all of this: Sehat
Table of Contents
- Sehat’s Corporate Vaccination Services
- Vaccines offered
- Legal Requirements
- Patient Consent Form
Sehat’s Corporate Vaccination services officially launched in October 2015 as an epitome of sound corporate hygienic solutions, modeled on the Home Vaccination Program started earlier in April of the same year.
Sehat employs two trained nurses each in the cities of Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad to provide home vaccination services.
Each vaccinator comes equipped with his own first aid kit with essential ingredients:
- Face Masks
- Alcohol Swabs
- Fever Medication
- Hand Sanitizers
- BP Apparatus
- Syringe Disposal Unit
The following vaccinations are offered to corporate clientele as part of the program:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Yellow Fever
Patients are advised to wait at least a month before receiving any inoculation for disease which they have recovered from
Some known side effects from the inoculation include:
- Swelling and pain at the injection site
- Feeling generally unwell (malaise)
Both the Pakistan Factories Act 1934 and Punjab Factories Rules oblige factory owners to have their workers vaccinated from diseases to ensure maximum productivity.
- Precautions against contagious or infections disease. –
(1) Each worker in a factory shall be provided with a “Hygiene Card’ in which during the month of January and July every year entries shall be recorded after examination by appointed factory doctor to the effect that the worker is not suffering from any contagious or infectious disease. The fee of such an examination shall be fixed by the Provincial Government and will be borne by the occupier or manager of the factory.
(2) If a worker is found to be suffering from any contagious or infectious disease on an examination under sub-section (1), he shall not be appointed on work till he is declared free of such a disease.
Pakistan Factories Act 1934 Section 23-A
23-A. Compulsory vaccination and inoculation. –
Each worker in a factory shall be vaccinated and inoculated against such diseases and at such intervals as may be prescribed. The expenses, if any, of such vaccination and inoculation shall be borne by the occupier or manager of the factory.
(1) Hygiene card under sub-section (1) of Section 23 of the Act shall be in Form ‘F-1’.
(2) Each worker in a factory shall be vaccinated and inoculated for cholera and for small-pox, typhoid, every year.
(3) Such a vaccination shall be arranged by the Manager of the factory at his or the Occupier’s expense.
Punjab Factories Rules 1978 Form F-1 (Rule 47)
Patient Consent Form:
|Sr#||Medication Name||Bar Code No||Patient Name||Age||Gender|
- I have voluntarily provided personal information to Apothecare (Pvt) Ltd as a requirement for the “Vaccination Program”
- I hereby agree, consent and authorize Apothecare (Pvt) Ltd to use all information provided by me to enable it to implement the program successfully
- I further authorize Apothecare (Pvt) Ltd to share my information to its principals, and to third parties whenever necessary for the accomplishment of the goals of the Program and to ensure my safety as a patient
- I understand that I may be contacted to provide additional information and/or documents to ensure a better understanding of my profile as a patient as may be necessary to determine my fitness to be vaccinated
- I understand that as with all vaccines, this vaccine may have some side effects, and while I need to repel such side effects, I would not hold Apothecare (Pvt) Ltd or its principal responsible in case any side effect/safety issue occurs
- I have read, or have had read to me, in language understandable to me, the above information. The content and meaning this information has been fully explained to me.
- I have provided the prescription against which I am being administered the medication
Guardian/Patient’s Signature or Thumb Impression: _________________
- Vaccinators set up their equipment in a designated area as appointed by the factory manager
- Wear gloves
- Wear face masks
- Wear head-caps
- Factory Workers are invited for a mandatory vaccination
- Each Factory worker is inspected for hygiene
- Each Factory worker gives the following details as per the requirements of the hygiene card:
- Father’s Name
- Employee ID
- Each employee is disinfected at the deltoid area with an alcohol swab
- An inoculation of the vaccine is made
- A bandage is applied on the area for safety purposes
- The syringe used for the inoculation is disposed of properly afterwards