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Guyana: The Ministry of Health will carry out maintenance of the solar direct drive vaccine refrigerator

Guyana: The Ministry of Health, in conjunction with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), serviced the Solar Direct Drive (SDD) Vaccine Refrigerator located at Long Creek Health Center, Linden Soesdyke Highwayon November 9, 2022.

This activity focuses not only on the technology used for the storage of vaccines, but also on the support that the Ministry has received from UNICEF, in particular for the maintenance of the cold chain throughout the country, during the three last weeks.

Guyana’s Expanded Program on Immunization uses innovative technology to maintain the highest immunization standards. Vaccine cold chain monitoring ensures that vaccine potency is maintained.

These SDD refrigerators are built for use in the Hinterland Regions and provide the Department with 11 to 20 years of service once maintained as required by protocol.

Guyana currently has 38 sustainable SDD refrigerators equipped with new technology. The ministry plans to expand its inventory to cover more rural and urban health facilities in the coming year.

Attending this morning’s exercise were Dr. Oneka Scott, Maternal and Child Health Officer; Nicolas Charles Pron, UNICEF Representative in Guyana and Suriname; Irfan Akhtar, Deputy Representative to UNICEF; Dr Illoh Bobson, vaccine management specialist also attached to UNICEF and Dillon Ashby, the technician.