Zim receives Covid 19 equipment from Japan

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Mutare (New Ziana) – The Japanese government, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has donated a variety of Covid-19 equipment to help boost the country’s fight against the pandemic.

The equipment, known as Cold Chain Equipment (CCE), is expected to cover 63 districts, 200 health centres, and be accessed by approximately 10 million people.

It includes 70 ice lined vaccine fridges, 80 solar direct drive fridges, 130 standard cold boxes, and 499 vaccine carriers, will support the Ministry of Health and Child Care to strengthen its COVID-19 vaccination programme, and ultimately support other routine immunization programmes around the country.

Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, John Mangwiro said the cold chain equipment will be put to good use to store vaccines at the right temperature.

“This supports our goal to reach all people with vaccines for COVID-19 and we will be forever grateful and continue strengthening our mutual ties,” he said.

The Japanese Government will also support capacity building of local technicians and health facility staff to to operate the equipment.

Japanese ambassador to Zimbabwe, Satoshi Tanaka said the project aimed to reinforce the country`s distribution of Covid- 19 vaccines to all corners.

“This project aims to reinforce the country’s cold chain system and provide “Last One Mile Support” for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to all corners of the country,” he said.

“I hope that it will also make the health system more resilient so that people and their communities will be protected from all vaccine-preventable diseases in the future.”

The procurement of the equipment came after it was realised that lack of Cold Chain Equipment could slow down Covid-19 vaccination in rural areas.

UNICEF representative, Tajudeen Oyewale said the country was likely to achieve its Covid-19 vaccination targets given strong government and stakeholder commitment to the fight against the pandemic.

Zimbabwe aims to vaccinate at least 10 million people to achieve herd immunity.

“With the ongoing commitment of the Government, the solid availability of vaccine doses, and the support of stakeholders such as the Government of Japan, and other development partners in Health – Zimbabwe will demonstrate what it takes to achieve the targeted immunity against COVID-19,” said Oyewale.

Over the years, Japan has provided support to the Government in a number of humanitarian emergencies.
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