Timely procurement of vaccines for immunization programme be ensured: Dar

ISLAMABAD, Oct 7 (APP): Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq DarΒ Friday directed to ensure timely procurement of vaccines for immunization programme for various diseases including BCG, polio, measles diphtheria, hepatitis C etc.

Presided over a meeting here, he said that bridge financing should be provided for the procurement of vaccines as was also decided by ECNEC.

This would ensure that there are no stock outs of critical vaccines and that commitment of co-financing with Gavi would also be met.

This would ensure smooth inflow of Gavi vaccines, especially Penta, Peneumococal and Rotavirus.

Finance Minister said the young generation of the country has to be saved from diseases and so the government was committed to making available necessary vaccines for the purpose.

Secretary Health, Regulation and Coordination Ayub Sheikh briefed the the minister on the matter.

The minister was informed that vaccines provided by Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunization (Gavi) are also to be paid for by the provinces as decided by Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) as health is a devolved subject.

The meeting was also attended by senior officials of Ministry of Finance as well as Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform.