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Store for New Vaccines to Open in August - Minister Aceng

The $7.6million project that is being completed using funds secured from donors, Global Fund and the global vaccines body GAVI, the Vaccines Alliance was supposed to be up and running by August 2019 having started works in 2017. But, Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng says the project has been delayed by the coronavirus disease pandemic which caused halts with lockdowns.

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A year behind schedule, the Ministry of Health has set new dates for opening of a new vaccines store currently under construction at Kajjansi on the outskirts of Kampala.

The $7.6million project that is being completed using funds secured from donors, Global Fund and the global vaccines body GAVI, the Vaccines Alliance was supposed to be up and running by August 2019 having started works in 2017.

But, Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng says the project has been delayed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) which caused halts with lockdowns. She said they are now set to open in August.

//Cue in: Regarding construction …..    

Cue out: …… complete by August.”//  

Construction of the store which is an extension of the National Medical Stores was embarked on following space shortage concerns whereby the body complained of having space for 8,000 pallets and yet the country’s vaccine stock has been on an increase in the last few years.

According to National Medical Stores, the government provided them Shs9billion for procurement of vaccines before the 2018/19 financial year when it was increased to Shs11billion. In the 2019/20 financial year, the budget for the vaccines budget was further increased to Shs21billion.

Annually, Dr. Aceng says through government co-financing initiative with GAVI, with will be making Shs500million increases to cater for the new births.

Apart from the store at the center, Dr. Aceng said there are also challenges of keeping vaccines safe in areas that don’t have power a reason they procured and installed 1514 solar fridges for such facilities last year.

The new warehouse will increase the capacity of pallet positions to 30,000 compared to the current 8,000 pallet positions.

Between 1 and 1.7million children and adults get immunized each year with children getting 13 vaccines which are the Ministry of Health free vaccines schedule.  

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