Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham honours nationwide immunization campaign

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Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham presents certificate of honour to an official.—MNA

Nay Pyi Taw, 26 March — Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham attended the felicitation ceremony for the Nationwide Measles-Rubella Mass Immunization Campaign in Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday.
Also present at Myanmar International Convention Centre (2) were union ministers, deputy ministers, members of the National Health Committee, representatives of the WHO, UNICEF, UN agencies, and international and local non-governmental organisations.
In his speech, the vice president said the government has been fulfilling the needs of citizens by giving priority to preliminary healthcare coverage, education standards, drinking water and electricity supply, transportation, and poverty reduction.
After the government increased spending on health in fiscal 2013-14, the free healthcare system was introduced in hospitals and clinics, allowing the public to spend 60 to 80 percent less on treatment, according to the vice president.
The government aims to raise the life expectancy of citizens equally regardless of region and social status, with immunization to reduce the death rate of children under five an important part of achieving this goal, the vice president added.
Myanmar was able to reduce the death rate of children under five to 43 per 1,000 and the coverage of programmes reached 88 percent of the country including self-administered zones, relief camps and remote areas thanks to various immunization programmes, he said.
The vice president pointed out achievement milestones of the programmes and said the government aimed to reduce measles in 2020 and introduce immunization for rubella in 2015, which was successfully carried out in January and February 2015.
The immunization programme covered 95 percent of the country, the vice president said, thanking the organisations that helped make it a success including GAVI Vaccine Alliance, the WHO, UNICEF, NGOs, the Ministry of Education, and the Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association.
The vice president and the union minister for health presented certificates of honour to the organisations at the ceremony.—MNA

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