APPROXIMATELY 65 per cent of the injections in India are administered by non- sterilized synringes. Around 3 lakh deaths in the country are also because of some infection or the other.
Jim Barker, chief executive officer of Safepoint, a UK-based trust, made this glaring revelation. The trust promotes awareness about the latest development in the field of health care.
Giving a presentation on Saturday, Barker said 'one injection one syringe' was the motto of Safepoint. "To attain this we have launched a campaign in 14 cities in India to educate the majority of the population.
The focus is upon children who can be the best campaigners with us," he said. Sharing the findings of a World Bank-sponsored study - "Assessment of Injection Practices in India" - done in India in 2005 in private and public sector, Barker said the practices were very poor here.
"In the area of waste disposal, it was observed that disposal of plastic syringes and disposable needles was 61.3 per cent in India. At the immunisation clinics, this rate was 50.9 per cent," he said.
Commenting about the previous work by the Safepoint, Barker said their successful campaign had brought about a change in Uganda where complete protection regarding syringe use had been achieved through national legislation. This was with the grass-root level efforts.
He emphasised on the need for a safe injection policy in India to ensure that everyone got a safe injection. "Injection safety is necessary to check spread of deadly diseases.
Starting the campaign in India we feel it is a huge task for the country that has its own set of problems. The need for safety is important and with support from various voluntary groups and public and private sector agencies, we will succeed," said Barker.
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