Posted: Friday, June 11, 2021. 10:30 am CST.
By Zoila Palma: On Thursday, UNICEF Belize handed over cold chain equipment to the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
The ceremony was held at the National Vaccine Building in Belmopan.
Alison Parker, UNICEF Representative to Belize, delivered the equipment to Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness.
The equipment includes fourteen 538 LT refrigerators that will be used to strengthening cold chain storage facilities at district levels nationwide.
The new equipment will further improve vaccine management and build the national health system’s capacity to respond to future outbreaks and pandemics.
The donations are a result of the partnership formalized through a rolling work plan between the Ministry of Health and Wellness and UNICEF Belize.
The 3-year plan outlines strategic support to be provided to address national health priorities and protect and invest sustainably in essential child health services to ensure continuation of services during the pandemic.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness expressed appreciation for the donation that is very timely as Belize prepares to receive another shipment of vaccines shortly.
“We will definitely make use of these refrigerators as we prepare for another shipment of COVID19 vaccines and eventually for storage of vaccines for our children when we get there,” Chebat said.
UNICEF Belize noted that it is focused on optimizing Belize’s cold chain system to improve vaccination against COVID-19 and boost universal vaccine coverage.
“Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health investments we can make for future generations,” stated Parker.
“We continue to encourage persons whose phases have been called and as well those persons who are due for their second dose of vaccine to go and get vaccinated,” Chebat added.
The public is reminded that even after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, persons are to continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines and wear masks properly in public, maintain physical distancing, and wash and sanitize hands often.
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