Health Minister Florian Bodog said Friday in Falticeni that Romania has secured its stock of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine through the current year, as 109,000 mores doses of it have been sent in the country.
”The MMR vaccine reached Unifarm some days ago and the day before yesterday I signed an order. As many as 109,000 doses were sent in the country. Adding to them will be 10,000 more collected from various storehouses in the country and we have identified 300,000 doses. Meanwhile, the other producer joined the action,” said Bodog.
He said he called on the World Health Organisation (WHO) to earmark MMR vaccine to Romania, and the WHO answered in the positive, so that the demand for the vaccine may be met throughout the current year.
Bodog argued that multiannual contracts should be concluded for the procurement of the vaccines in order to ensure security and predictability.
He said a new immunisation bill provides for the setting aside of a reserve stock that would last for six months at the least, which currently cannot be legally set up.
”The reserve will assure Romanian children that we are ready to act in case of epidemics,” said Bodog.
My governmental policies focus on patients; when different, I will resign
Health Minister Florian Bodog also said Friday in Bacau that his governmental polices centre on patients, and that he will resign office when and if the Health Ministry sets a different agenda.
“As you may know, I have toured hospitals uninvited and I will continue to do so, because I like talking to people to see what their problems are. My policies focus on patients; it is no political statement. When I say it, I do believe it and feel it. When and if the Health Ministry sets a different agenda, I will get out of there,” said Bodog.
He pointed out that the main problems in hospitals regard staffing, which he said he is convinced will be solved because of the pay policies of the government to be applied starting this year.
Bodog on Friday attended a joint meeting of the Bacau County Council and Local Council that discussed approving a completion agreement on finding the best solutions to ensure complementariness between the Bacau Emergency County Hospital and the Bacau City Hospital.
“I will discuss Cantacuzino Institute with military researcher”
Health Minister Florian Bodog said Friday in Roman that next week he will meet a researcher from the defense industry to discuss the Cantacuzino Institute.
“Next week I will meet a researcher coming from the defence industry. I want to meet personally my appointees to such positions so that they may introduce to me their strategy; afterwards, he or she will have one month to come up with a plan to recover the Cantacuzino Institute. Romanians are entitled to have their own vaccine factory,” said Bodog.
Bodog on Friday visited the neuropsychiatric hospital and the municipal hospital of Roman, in the northeastern county of Neamt.