UNICEF turns over cold storage facility to Cebu Province

A cold storage facility for vaccines is now added to the list of facilities the province owns, a gift from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

This was recently turned over to the Provincial Government through the Provincial Health Office (PHO) .

The P6-million facility is located within the Capitol compound, near the Provincial Information Office. The building itself took the skillful UNICEF Chinese carpenters less than a week to erect as the building materials were flown in from Manila.

At turnover rites, Health Regional Director Jaime Bernadas is grateful to the UNICEF donation because this means a lot to the national government’s contribution to the Millennium Development Goal, under Kalusugan Pangkalahatan, and locally, an added feature to the priority program of Gov. Hilario P. Davide III, which is health.

Cold storage preserves living microorganisms and bacteria important to making the vaccines effective.

According to Bernadas, the facility addresses what he described as gaps in the system concerning adequate and appropriate handling of vaccines, including its transportation from the place where procured to the rural health units or other final destination.

Vaccines, at all times, must be kept under controlled temperature.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Cynthia Genesolango read the message for UNICEF representative Bernie Bersola.

The UNICEF, according to Bersola, will always be around to assist local government units with their health needs, especially those that concern children.

The health department through its regional health office disitributed ice-lined refrigerators to 31 recipient local government units. The ice-lined refrigerators are also for vaccine storage.