Others present to witness the occasion included the Ag. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Donan Mmbando; Directors and Programme Officers from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the World Health Organization Representative for Tanzania, Dr. Rufaro Chatora, WHO staff, Representative from UNICEF and members of the media.
In his handing over speech, the WHO Representative, Dr. Rufaro Chatora, commended the government of Tanzania for progress made so far towards the five Goals of Decade of Vaccines by 2020. Highlighting the challenges that still remain in the area of immunization, Dr. Chatora said, “In order to ensure every child is fully immunized and goals for the Decade of Vaccines are achieved, we need to ensure that districts deliver on time the needed vaccines to the health facilities and also monitor closely that children receive vaccines of good quality”. He concluded by reassuring WHO’s commitment to work with partners to support the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in the implementation of the Global Vaccines Action Plan and ensure efficient distribution of essential medicines and medical supplies.
In his acceptance speech, the Minister of Health and Social Welfare Hon. Dr. Hussein Mwinyi said that the vehicles handed over will strengthen provision of immunization services in the newly formed districts and complement the country’s efforts in realising the Millennium Development Goal number 4. He further expressed appreciation to the World Health Organization (WHO) for the timely support to the people of Tanzania and assured that the vehicles will be maintained and used for the intended purposes.