Bhutan recently has successfully bagged the best immunisation award in its enviable performance in scaling almost 95 percent of coverage in child health and immunisation after three decades long battle to secure an international recognition that held on November 19, 2009, in Hanoi, Vietnam awarded by the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation (GAVI) to amongst fourteen low-income group countries categorizing them into six different groups. Bangladesh, Congo, Djibouti, Gambia and Eritrea also were awarded for the best performance in immunization.
“This is the result of our good policy and the dedication to primary health care by our health workers, both past and present,” Kuensel quoted the health minister, Lyonpo Zanglay Dukpa as saying.
“For us, our aim is to consistently maintain it above 90 percent. But, with the constraints we have, I think it’s very difficult to achieve 100 percent,” said the chief program officer for communicable diseases, department of public health, Tandin Dorji.
Bhutan won the award amidst the rumors among its subjects and the investigators on whether the recently introduced pentavalent vaccine had any linkage with the deaths of eight infants, who received the vaccine, leading the Ministry to a suspension waiting the WHO for identifying an independent laboratory to send its random samples collected from across the country. Despite the fact that the award and the suspension happening around same time, the health officials have a claim that the two are not interrelated. Lyonpo Zanglay Drukpa had the say that the so award was given on the basis of performance over the last five years.
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