Minister of State for Health and Population Umesh Shrestha said procurement of COVID-19 vaccines for people below 18 years of age would be started right after the Dashain festival ended.

Addressing a programme at Kanti Child Hospital here today, the state minister said 10 million doses of vaccines for people below 18 years were certain to arrive soon.

He said arrangements were being made to procure four million doses of Moderna and six million doses of Pfizer vaccines. He added that 100,000 doses of vaccines would arrive immediately after the Dashain festival.

According to him, vaccination is the top priority of the government and COV- ID-19 vaccines are on the top of all the vaccines at present.

He apprised that the government was preparing to come up with a management improvement policy targeting health facilities at all three levels of governance.

On the occasion, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation donated health supplies, including 20 ventilators to the hospital.

The foundation's Nepal representative Mahesh Nakarmi said the foundation had been assisting the government with medical supplies from the time of the first wave of the pandemic and the current assistance was meant for combating a possible third wave. It is said that the assistance provided to the hospital is equivalent to Rs 414.84 million.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 4, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.