Cameroon:Health centres get vaccination boost

A consignment of 20 solar refrigerators as well as photovoltaic kits are set to be distributed to some rural and…

A consignment of 20 solar refrigerators as well as photovoltaic kits are set to be distributed to some rural and semi-urban health structures in order to improve working conditions especially optimising vaccination.

The equipment were donated to the Ministry of Public Health on Friday, April 30 by the Green Youth Association of Cameroon (AJVC) with the technical and financial support of its Swiss partner SOLAFRICA.

The 20 solar refrigerators and photovoltaic kits represent the first wave of a series of 59 complete cold chain equipment, for an overall cost estimated at FCFA 34,660,000.

For this first batch as well as the rest, the beneficiary health districts targeted are mainly in the East and Adamaoua Regions (Tibati, Ngaoundal, Djohong, Tignère, Ngaoundéré rural, Batouri, Bertoua, Bétaré-Oya, Lomié and Ndélélé).

The health centres are expected to use this material to improve the storage of vaccines for newborns and pregnant women. The commissioning of this equipment will also allow these health facilities to be able to have energy on a permanent basis.

The donation comes after the AJVC reently organised a workshop with health experts from the Ministry of Public Health to share knowledge of technological innovations within the present health context marked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Receiving the equipment, the Minister of Public Health Dr Malachie Manaouda expressed gratitude for this show of solidarity.

He added that the donations are timely given that the Ministry of Public Health has embarked on a mass vaccination campaign against the COVID-19.

The Minister of Public Health also pointed out that this action is consistent with the objectives of the platform for optimizing cold chain equipment of the Expanded Program on Immunization, in line with the health system transformation agenda.

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