Stakeholders call for prioritising Immunisation Fund

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Feb 15, 2017-

Stakeholders and experts have stressed the need to prioritise Immunisation Fund so as to run the immunisation programme in the country uninterrupted. 

At an interaction on sustainable financing for immunisation organised by the Ministry of Health in the Capital on Tuesday, speakers argued that Nepal should make efforts to become independent in the immunisation programme. 

Nepal’s immunization programme is one of the most successful interventions in the health sector. 

Currently, the government is providing 11 different types of vaccines for free and the total cost of the programme is to the tune of Rs 2 billion. 

The Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation (GAVI) is one of the partners in the government programme. 

The government has already set up Immunisation Fund as the assistance amount being provided by the GAVI is likely to be reduced after some years. 

Currently, Rs 70 million has been collected in the fund. 

Speaking at the programme, Health Minister Gagan Thapa said that support of all sectors was needed to strengthen the Immunisation Fund to ensure that Nepal can achieve the goal of being independent in the vaccination programme. 

“We need to be self-reliant in vaccination. The government is positive about this. Intensive discussions are needed to enlarge the fund,” Minister Thapa said. 

Likewise, President of Women, Children, Senior Citizens and Social Welfare Committee of the Legislature-Parliament Ranju Kumari Jha suggested that some amount of money being spent in different sectors should be allocated to for the Immunisation Fund. 

Published: 15-02-2017 08:27

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