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Enhancing Pangasinan’s immunization program with a vaccine cold room

According to officials, the recently inaugurated vaccine cold room facility at the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPHO) here is anticipated to further bolster the provincial government’s immunization efforts.

Dr. Marie Lynn Fama, PPH officer-in-charge, stated that the facility is an initiative of UNICEF, the Department of Health (DOH), and the provincial government as the receiver in her remarks during the inauguration and blessing on Wednesday.

“This is to improve the standard of vaccine management. As stated in the contract, this will enable us to immunize and safeguard every child throughout Pangasinan. Let’s not forget, though, that vaccine-preventable illnesses affect not only children but also vulnerable populations, she said.

The building will feature the first-ever walk-in cold room for the provincial government, according to DOH provincial health team leader Dr. Veronica De Guzman, and will serve the entire province.

She stated that the facility could store 190,000 vials of vaccine, or 4,928 liters.

“To maintain vaccine potency, cold chain management is necessary. This will boost the province’s ability to deliver vaccines, she claimed.

De Guzman said that this is relevant in light of the DOH’s impending Ligtas Tigdas immunization campaign, which will give children oral doses of the measles, rubella, and polio vaccines in May.

Dr. Carla Orozco, a UNICEF immunization specialist, stated that the facility will also keep vials for routine immunization in addition to the coronavirus disease 2019 vaccines.

She continued by saying that there are currently nine cold rooms in the nation, one of which was built in Pangasinan as a result of the province’s success in the most recent virus-immunization campaign.

More than 2.2 million people in Pangasinan have received immunizations.

Vice Governor Mark Lambino expressed gratitude to the project’s various national and international organizations.

He continued by saying that this would make it even harder for the province to do well in subsequent immunization initiatives.

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