Kyrgyzstan received 200 units of cold chain equipment for vaccine storage

23 March 2022
Handover event
UNICEF/Kyrgyzstan/2022/Dzhumanaly uulu Dastan

BISHKEK, 23 March 2022 - Today, on 23 March, Kyrgyzstan received 150 freezers and 50 combined refrigerators from UNICEF through the Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal. The new equipment will be installed in health care organizations throughout the country to aid safe vaccine storage.

The Head of the Public Health Department, Ainura Akmatova, and Chief of UNICEF Child Survival and Development Department Tomoya Sonoda, and Director of the Republican Center for Immunoprophylaxis Gulbara Ishenapysova took part in a ceremony to mark the handing over of the cold chain equipment. In her speech, Ms Ainura Akmatova thanked UNICEF Kyrgyzstan for its assistance to the COVID-19 response and in improving public health.

“The Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic has been working to ensure vaccination against COVID-19 since 2020. Our country joined the COVAX mechanism, having fulfilled all country obligations. Also, more than 800 temporary vaccination points have been formed in the Kyrgyz Republic during the mass vaccination period. We have been making a great deal of effort to bring quality, effective and safe vaccines against COVID-19 to the country. The Republican Center for Immunoprophylaxis is effectively working in this regard. Maintaining the proper temperature regime for the storage and transportation of vaccines is vital during mass vaccination. The combined refrigerators support both plus and minus temperature regimes. We express gratitude to all partners who contribute to the fight against COVID-19,” said Ainura Akmatova, the Head of the Public Health Department.

UNICEF has been supporting the Government in the COVID-19 response by delivering COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility, procuring cold chain equipment for vaccine storage, providing essential supplies for frontline workers, and supporting the socioeconomic measures to ensure that every child can survive and thrive.

The new equipment will increase the Ministry of Health's capacity to ensure proper vaccine management and quality immunization services for the people of Kyrgyzstan. UNICEF will continue to support the Government of Kyrgyzstan in a timely and safe provision of vaccines,” said Tomoya Sonoda, Chief of UNICEF Child Survival, Learning and Development Department.

At the beginning of this year, 46 freezers and 35 combination refrigerators arrived in the country as part of the Cold Chain Equipment Optimization Platform of the GAVI, Vaccine Alliance, which have now been delivered to health organizations in Kyrgyzstan according to the distribution plan.

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UNICEF Kyrgyzstan

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