The Ministry of Well being has yesterday (24) acquired walk-in chilly rooms and vitamin provides procured by UNICEF funded by the Authorities of Japan to proceed to enhance the well being of all youngsters.
The chilly chain objects handed over immediately are 13 walk-in chilly rooms—enormous fridges able to safely holding giant shares of extremely temperature-sensitive vaccines. The gear has been put in in Colombo and at Regional Medical Provide Divisions in Gampaha, Kalutara, Galle, Kandy, Kegalle, Anuradhapura, Ratnapura and Badulla districts.
This newest batch of apparatus is a part of a complete contribution of US$ 3 million for a number of chilly chain gear, together with transportable vaccine carriers and temperature displays that have been already supplied to the Ministry of Well being in 2021. The gear will increase the immunization system, making certain correct and secure storage of vaccines and availability the place they’re wanted.
As well as, vitamin provides have been additionally handed over. The provides are a part of a current contribution of US$ 500,000 to obtain micronutrients urgently wanted to care for youngsters, perform screening and supply the mandatory follow-up, together with counseling for malnutrition.
Mr. Mizukoshi Hideaki, Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka, mentioned, “It’s our honour to offer Stroll-in Chilly Rooms as a part of the “Final One Mile Help” by Japan to make sure equitable entry of immunization providers for all folks in want throughout the island. We hope this gear will enhance the storage and transportation capability of assorted maternal and youngster well being vaccines together with COVID-19 and assist strengthen Sri Lanka’s healthcare system amid the prevailing financial disaster. The dietary package deal will contribute to assuaging the shortage of entry to secure vitamin that many youngsters are going through because of the speedy worth hike and shortages of imported commodities beneath the financial disaster. We hope that vitamin provides and high-quality counselling care will present some reduction for youngsters with acute malnutrition.”
“The advantages of investing in immunization are apparent, particularly for youngsters. This gear will assist to advance Sri Lanka’s nice efforts in routine immunization providers, together with the flexibility to reply to different vaccine-preventable emergencies just like the COVID-19 pandemic”, mentioned Christian Skoog, Consultant, UNICEF Sri Lanka. “In regard to malnutrition, it’s a situation that may be prevented and handled, and the provides being handed over immediately are to assist our joint efforts to fulfill the wants of kids”, he added
The Authorities of Japan has made important contributions to assist the joint efforts of UNICEF and the Ministry of Well being in addressing each the long- and short-term well being wants of kids.