Managua, March 3, 2022 (PAHO/WHO). Thirteen refrigerators have been donated to strengthen COVID-19 vaccine cold chain and storage capacity in Nicaragua, through partnerships with the Government of Canada (Global Affairs Canada) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) .
This donation is an important contribution to the vaccination process that the Ministry of Health has been implementing in the fight against the pandemic. The equipment will be distributed to different departments in the country to ensure the conservation of biologic medicines.
The official delivery was attended by Dr. Martha Reyes, Minister of Health; Dr. Patricia Arce, Advisor on the PAHO/WHO Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) in Nicaragua; Dr. Cristhian Toledo, Director of Health Surveillance; and departmental officials responsible for the EPI.
This donation will also help to improve the quality of cold chain storage of COVID-19 vaccines. Arce highlighted the importance of the contribution by the Government of Canada, which reflects its commitment to the pandemic response and to solidarity and mutual support among countries to end the pandemic.
She also called on the population to get vaccinated if they have not already done so and to continue with prevention measures even after being vaccinated.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Reyes, thanked the Government of Canada for this important donation, which will strengthen the cold chain, ensuring vaccine quality. The donated equipment will go to local comprehensive health care systems in Esteli, Masaya, Matagalpa, León, Las Minas, Rivas, Managua, Boaco, Chinandega and the South Caribbean Coast autonomous region.