Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (PAHO) July 21, 2022.- The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MISPAS) of the Dominican Republic received from the United States Government, through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), two isothermal containers with the objective of strengthening the cold chain for vaccines protection.
The donation includes some 3,500 1.7-liter vaccine carriers and 620 cold packs that will be distributed to the directorate of immunology-preventable diseases and will be distributed in the Regional Directorates and Health Areas (DPS / DAS), for the vaccination programs ofthe country.
The Deputy Minister of Collective Health, Dr. Eladio Pérez, expressed his gratitude to the Government of the United States, through its embassy in the country, for this donation that contributes to strengthening the vaccination scheme system. “Thank you for this support that will help in the plans to mitigate vaccine-preventable diseases in the country”, he said.
Dr. Olivier Ronveaux, representative of PAHO/WHO indicated that "this equipment is intended to strengthen the cold chain in health establishments and guarantee the quality and correct conservation of biologicals until their application”.
"These cold packs are essential to strengthen and provide support to facilitate the implementation of the house-to-house vaccine plan that we're developing," said Dr. Ayda Lucia Vargas, director of immunology-preventable diseases upon receiving the equipment. .
The representative of the United States Embassy, Dr. Daniel Lee, said that his Government is willing to continue contributing and investing in health programs aimed at the populations in situations of vulnerability.