Govt told to set up vaccination fund

KATHMANDU: Speakers of a national seminar on Wednesday suggested that Nepal prioritise setting up a vaccination fund with an aim to make all districts fully immunised.

At a national seminar organised by the Child Health Division under the Health Ministry on Wednesday, the stakeholders called to make the fund a priority also to make the country self-dependent in vaccines.

On the occasion, Health Minister Ram Janam Chaudhary said that achievement gained by the country in vaccination programme was very significant.

Minister Chaudhary also assured to carry out proper evaluation of health workers, playing crucial role for the achievement, and send them abroad for training.

Moreover, Chairperson of the Women, Children and Social Welfare Committee of the Parliament, Ranju Kumari Jha suggested depositing some percentage of the amount from expenses of various government bodies to set up the vaccination fund.

Officiating Secretary at the Ministry, Dr Padam Bahadur Chand, claimed that vaccination programmes had become effective to reduce mortality rate.

Likewise, Division Director Dr Rajendra Panta, said that role of different bodies was important in every step for the management of vaccination campaign.

Furthermore, Minister Chaudhary certified 17 districts - Palpa, Nawalparasi, Achham, Arghakhanchi, Dhankuta, Myagdi, Gulmi, Ilam, Baitadi, Kanchanpur, Tanahun, Mustang, Dadeldhura, Bajhang, Terhathum, Pyuthan and Dolakha - as fully immunised districts.