AKIPRESS.COM - UNICEF handed over the Republican Cold Chain Warehouse, the largest vaccine facility in Central Asia, to the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan on November 20.
The opening of this new facility, which will allow storing large numbers of vaccines with different temperature requirements including ultra-cold temperatures, is a critical step towards a more robust immunization system in the country, which will support the government’s efforts to improve maternal and child health and the overall wellbeing of the country’s population, UNICEF said.
The Republican Cold Chain Warehouse can store all kinds of vaccines currently available. It is equipped with three walk-in cold rooms with almost 1,000 m2 (2-8° C) storage capacity, ultracold freezers (3,000 liter capacity), walk-in freezers (40 m3) to store the vaccine supply, as well as 1,000 m2 of dry storage for ancillary immunization supplies. The facility also features electric forklifts, dock shelters, leveling platforms, and lifting mechanisms for quick and efficient cargo management, and is connected to two electric grid mains and fitted with a powerful standby diesel generator, to help ensure an uninterrupted power supply.
Since 2017, UNICEF has supported the construction of a total of 21 vaccine warehouses across Uzbekistan. It has also provided refrigerated trucks, vaccine carriers and cold boxes, as well as staff training and the necessary guidelines and instructions on how to run the facilities.