Bishkek, Jan. 18, 2018 / Kabar /. The Kyrgyz Health Minister Talantbek Batyraliev met with the mission of the Vaccine Control Program of the WHO Regional Office for Europe.
The Head of the Vaccine Disease Program, Rob Butler, described Kyrgyzstan as a country that achieved high immunization coverage rates and advised to further maintain these high indicators.
"Kyrgyzstan makes a significant contribution to maintaining polio-free status and eliminating measles and rubella. I propose to present these high achievements at the Regional Committee of the WHO Regional Office for Europe in September this year," Rob Butler said.
The meeting stressed the special importance of immunization as the most cost-effective intervention in public health and the need for policymakers to pay attention to the financial sustainability of the National Program on Immunological Prophylaxis in Kyrgyzstan, which is of great importance for health and national security in the country.
Kyrgyzstan successfully introduces new vaccines with the support of partners, for example, pneumococcal vaccine that protects children from pneumonia and was successfully introduced in 2016.
In 2018, the country begins the introduction of the Rotavirus vaccine that will protect children from diarrheal diseases of a viral nature. WHO will provide technical assistance for introduction of this vaccine in Kyrgyzstan.
Talantbek Batyraliev pointed out the growing need in informing the public and advocating benefits of immunization among the population at a high level.