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January 31, 2023

Gov’t to pass memorandum establishing board to solve problems with immunisation programme

At its today’s meeting, the Government is expected to pass a memorandum on the establishment of an emergency ministerial board to solve problems with the national immunisation programme, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu told a news conference on Thursday.

“I have come today before the government’s meeting at the Health Ministry because today we will approve under a memorandum the establishment of an emergency ministerial board to solve problems with the national immunisation programme. This is a very important matter; also today, a new organisational chart will be passed for the Health Ministry that will include a new module, namely an immunisation management unit. The unit will be responsible for all that the immunisation process entails, starting with vaccine procurement to vaccine management, including – and I want to point this out – a public awareness campaign. This is a highly important matter. Unfortunately it took the Health Ministry amateurish action to put out various fires that started out in the past poor management,” added Grindeanu.

He said it is important for the flu vaccination campaign to be well managed as well.

“I believe it is important for us to manage well the flu vaccination campaign; it has to be conducted within the parameters that will make sure we provide the necessary vaccine doses and, on the other hand, we do our best to make people aware of the need for immunisation. On the other hand, this whole chain from acquisition to management should be improved,” said Grindeanu.

Health Minister Florian Bodog said in his turn that the immunisation management unit will be made up of five members and headed by Director of the National Public Healthcare Institute (INSP) Adriana Pistol.

“It will be set up within the Health Ministry. It will be made up of five members and coordinated by Mrs Pistol of INSP; it will have acquisitions, public healthcare and judiciary components. It will have absolutely all the necessary components,” said Bodog.

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