EXPERTS EXPLAIN WHY ARRIVAL OF REFRIGERATED TRUCKS IS A BIG BOOST TO VACCINATION DRIVE
The Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, has flagged off two refrigerated trucks to National Medical Stores (NMS) to help support Covid19 vaccination efforts across the country. The two trucks have been bought with funding from Vaccines Alliance Gavi, and procured by UNICEF Uganda country office.
Uganda will soon have a total of five new refrigerated trucks. Three more, also acquired with support from Gavi, are expected to arrive in the country in the coming days. Some vaccines require to be stored under cold temperatures, meaning that their storage is difficult for most developing countries which lack requisite facilities. Besides being spoilt during storage, such vaccines can also lose their efficacy if they are poorly handled during transport.
For vaccines that require cold temperatures, Uganda’s hot weather would mean of loss of these vital life-saving doses. But thanks to Uganda’s health sector partners, these newly acquired trucks are well equipped to ensure that vaccines are kept at optimal temperatures while being delivered.
This means that with these trucks, Moses Kamabare’s NMS can efficiently deliver vaccines across Uganda under the required conditions. As he received the trucks, Kamabare spoke of how they will enhance capacity to supply vaccines.
“The arrival of the two of the five cold chain trucks are timely because they will help boost our capacity as NMS; they are coming at a time when we have a big demand for vaccines,” said Kamabare, the NMS General Manager.
Health Minister Dr Aceng added: “These trucks will support NMS to build a resilient fleet to distribute and support Immunization activities across the country. I am glad that NMS has built capacity to store vaccines that require both high and low temperatures.” (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).