- Dr. Subi said all nine vaccines that protect against 13 diseases are in the warehouse.
- Dr. Subi said the vaccine deficiency occurred after the world suffered from the Covid-19 epidemic in which all airspace was closed
- Dr. Subi clarified that Tanzania has never missed the vaccine.
The Tanzania government through the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children, has stated that there is no shortage of immunizations of any kind in Tanzania, thus urging parents and guardians to send their children to immunizations at health facilities. Distribution was going out to all regions of the country.
This was stated by the Director of Prevention from the Ministry of Health, Dr. Leonard Subi in the city yesterday when he visited the vaccine storage warehouse located at Dodoma Regional Referral Hospital to check the vaccine status in the region. Dr. Subi said all nine vaccines that protect against 13 diseases are in the warehouse.
“It’s true that we had a shortage of two vaccines out of nine, but they have already arrived and the distribution process is still going on across the country,” he said. “The vaccine has already arrived after President John Magufuli opened the airspace. Up to date 10 out of 26 regions have received the vaccines while the distribution process is ongoing in the remaining 13 regions,” he said.
However, Dr. Subi said the vaccine deficiency occurred after the world suffered from the Covid-19 epidemic in which all airspace was closed. The vaccine is transported in a cold chain, so it does not require air travel.
“We thank the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. John Magufuli for opening the airspace of Tanzania. Vaccines have now begun to enter the country. So far, these vaccines have been received among 26 regions. And, in 13 other regions of Mainland Tanzania distribution continues through the Medical Store (MSD), “said Dr. Subi.
In addition, Dr. Subi said that the distribution of the two vaccines missed by people, had already started. They will get them for sure. He directing MSD to ensure all vaccines reach the remaining regions of mainland Tanzania by the end of this week.
“Chief physicians of all regions and councils in the country, make sure you send the vaccines to our health facilities and inform the public that vaccines are available and are free of charge. Parents and guardians send your children to get vaccinated in your regions,” stressed Subi.
In terms of information provided by one of the media in the country about the lack of a vaccine to prevent diarrhea, Dr. Subi clarified that Tanzania has never missed the vaccine. He stressed that the government had been buying the vaccine from European and Asian countries.
He went on to say that the Government continues to provide funding for immunization. He said that so far it has provided more than TSh 18 billion for the purchase of vaccines. Tanzania has the highest level of immunization at 98 percent for six consecutive years.
Dr. Subi said that Tanzania has not detected polio since 1996, which is due to the existence of a good vaccine. Claiming that Tanzania received a recognition certificate from the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2015.