UNICEF and Japan deliver safe box to Health to store 1,000,000 vaccines for Central Department – Paraguay

ASUNCION, June 9, 2022. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), with the support of the Government of Japan, has delivered to the Ministry of Public Health and Welfare (MSPBS) a cold room that will allow the storage of one million doses of vaccines to be distributed in the services of the Central department.

The cold room is installed in the vaccine warehouse of the XI Health Region of the Ministry of Health, located in the city of J. Augusto Saldívar. The equipment will triple the dose storage capacity in the area.

“We are more than happy to receive this donation of this cold room which will allow us to store vaccines within the offices of the XI Health Region. It’s a long cherished dream. We would like to thank the Government of Japan and UNICEF for this donation, which will be of the utmost importance for all central services”, underlined the director of the XI health region, Roque Silva.

This is one of five cold rooms that UNICEF and Japan are delivering to the Ministry of Health to strengthen the country’s vaccine storage capacity, in addition to the donation of 15 ultra-low temperature refrigerators, seven refrigerators with solar energy that already 147 refrigerators and 10 remote temperature monitoring equipment have been assigned to Chaco services.

The head of the expanded immunization program (PAI) of the XI health region, Luisa Ramírez, explained that this room will triple the capacity for storing and distributing vaccines in the region, since previously they could only maintain a stock of around 300,000 doses with the equipment they had.

“It’s too big of an advantage to have this cold network equipment because we brought in very few vaccines on a monthly basis or before the month we brought in because our cold storage capacity was insufficient for the population we have. in the center,” he explained.

The delivery of these kits is part of the non-reimbursable financial cooperation of the Government of Japan to the Republic of Paraguay to strengthen the vaccine storage cold chain, as well as the technical support provided by UNICEF to the Paraguayan government’s response to the pandemic. of COVID-19 in healthcare.

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