Government of Uzbekistan ensures safety of vaccines
First ever modern vaccines warehouse will ensure provision of thousands of children with quality vaccines
UNICEF and the Ministry of Health inaugurated the first vaccines warehouse equipped with modern refrigerators in Tashkent region. This warehouse will make a big difference to the health children of Uzbekistan.
The vaccine warehouse will allow to store about 31 000 liters of vaccines (about 440 m3 of space) for vaccination of 64 400 children under 1. Two Walk-in-Cold rooms are supplied and installed in this facility to keep vaccines safe with a temperature of 2-8 of Celsius. The overall capacity of the warehouse was doubled to cover increased number of children under 5.
UNICEF will also provide assistance in training of the staff, provision of necessary guidelines and instructions on how to run the facility, refrigerated truck, vaccine carriers and cold boxes.
“When it comes to vaccine safety, supply and logistics management is critical. Ensuring this facility functions smoothly for years to come will take highly trained and capable staff and strong Government commitment and investment in management and maintenance,” said Sascha Graumann, Representative, UNICEF Uzbekistan.
In total, UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Health to equip 21 cold chain facilities in Uzbekistan. These well-equipped buildings will be the best in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
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