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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 3185
ANSWERED ON:  06.12.2019
Storage of Vaccines
Achyutananda Samanta
Will the Minister of



HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:-


Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Government has extended financial and technical support to the States/UTs for proper storage of vaccines in the rural areas, particularly those with inadequate supply of electricity;

(b) if so, the details thereof during each of the last three years and the current year, State/UT-wise; and

(c) whether the Government proposes to encourage use of solar powered refrigerators and vaccine coolers to store vaccines in the country particularly in Odisha, if so, the details thereof?


ANSWER
ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND
FAMILY WELFARE
(SHRI ASHWINI KUMAR CHOUBEY)
(a) & (b): Yes, Government has extended financial and technical support to the States/UTs for proper storage of vaccines in the country including rural areas.

Under the programme States/UTs are provided with Ice lined Refrigerators (ILRs), Deep Freezers (DFs), Walk-in-coolers (WIC), Walk-in Freezers (WIF), Solar refrigerators, cold boxes, vaccine carriers and Ice packs for proper storage and distribution of vaccines. The State/UT wise details of cold chain equipments provided in the last three years and current year are given in Annexure 1. The Ice lined Refrigerators (ILRs) storing vaccines are able to maintain the vaccine storage temperature for 24 hrs. with as little as 8 hours of intermittent power supplies. In addition, the States/UTs are also provided financial support for cold chain maintenance. The State/UTs wise details of funds provided in the last three years and current year are given in Annexure 2.

(c): Government has already provided 388 solar refrigerators to 16 States/UTs since 2010-11 to store vaccines in the country of which 26 solar refrigerators are supplied to Odisha.






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