Ammon News – The Ministry of Health on Tuesday received 1.3 million syringes and containers of polio vaccine donated by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to the National Childhood Immunization Program as part of its efforts to curb the spread of life-threatening diseases among children in the Kingdom. .
The donation included 1.3 million oral polio vaccines, 4 refrigeration chambers, 150 refrigerators, 1,000 cold chain temperature monitors and 10 freezers to increase storage capacity and supply vaccines to distributed health centers throughout the Kingdom.
Secretary General of the Ministry of Health for Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases, Raed Al-Shboul, said the ministry appreciates the partnership with UNICEF and its support for the program, which has improved capacity and health coverage. Jordanian and refugee children.
The donation, he pointed out, will increase the level of health services as it will be distributed to hospitals and health institutions in the departments of all governorates.
The national immunization program has helped protect children against dangerous diseases and introduced new vaccines such as pneumococcus, he said.
For her part, UNICEF Representative in Jordan, Tanya Chapuisat, said the organization is committed to helping the government ensure the safety of “every child” in Jordan through routine immunization, as cold chains are the basis of any vaccination campaign.
“Cold chains can ensure safe storage and transport of vaccines,” she said, stressing the need to store them at specific temperatures, as high or low temperatures can lead to reduced efficacy of vaccines. vaccines.
Thanks to routine vaccination, which became compulsory in Jordan in 1979 and is available free of charge to all children of all nationalities, Jordan has not recorded any cases of poliomyelitis since 1992, according to the ministry.
UNICEF is also supporting the Ministry of Health by providing a reserve of equipment and vaccines to improve the current health system, thus ensuring readiness for any future expansion of the programme.