BISHKEK July 5 (TCA) – An official presentation of specialized equipment within the framework of the agreement between the Kyrgyz government, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on the project ‘Vaccine Independence in the Kyrgyz Republic’ was held on June 25 at the National Center of Immunization by Kyrgyzstan’s Health Ministry.
According to Marat Kaliyev, Kyrgyz Deputy Health Minister, Kyrgyzstan’s immunization service has certain problems concerning the lack of budget funding. To date, vaccination points in Osh, Jalal-Abad regions and Osh city suffer from the lack of refrigeration equipment.
To strengthen the refrigeration network in the southern regions of the country, refrigeration equipment, voltage regulators, cold boxes, thermal indicators, four electric generators, two cars for transportation of vaccines and other equipment worth about $500,000 were purchased as part of a joint project between JICA and UNICEF in 2012.
Takayuki Oyama, Permanent Representative of JICA in Kyrgyzstan, said that the Japanese Government provided 182 refrigerators with a set of spare parts, two refrigerated trucks, 150 refrigerator-bags for vaccine storage and transportation with cold items, and in 2008 -- another 120 refrigerators, three refrigerator rooms, two diesel generators and more than 1,000 electronic thermal indicators.
Joldosh Kalilov, the head of the Republican Centre for Immunoprophylaxis, said that “Technical assistance of the Japanese Government provided during the period from 1995 to 2004 as part of the abovementioned project, had a beneficial effect on the timely vaccination of young children, increased vaccination coverage, compliance with the norms of storage and transportation of vaccines.”