Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Global Alliance for Immunization and Vaccine is to end its financial support to Congo in 2016 in view of the country’s economic growth over the past few years making it a middle income country.
To this end, a delegation of the World Health Organization (WHO) led by Dr. Hélène Mambu-Madisu and Dr. Michael Mc Question, on Wednesday urged the Congolese national assembly president, Justin Koumba, in Brazzavile to allocate sufficient budgetary resources to the country's Expanded Immunization Programme (EIP).
Dr Mambu-Madisu noted that despite the deadline set by the Alliance, Congo had, through its own efforts, undertaken the introduction of new vaccines.
She stressed the need to sensitize the authorities immediately so that they are not surprised by the steep rise in the prices of these new vaccines due to the withdrawal of the financial support of the Global Alliance for Immunization and Vaccine.
Thus, as early as 2012, the Congolese government must gradually, start keeping considerable budgetary provisions for a number of vaccines for which financial contribution is requested.
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