Kathmandu,14 Dec 2014: Minister for Health and Population Khagaraj Adhikari today said the government had been encouraging the national and international health workers and organizations to stop using sub-standard vaccines.
Addressing a two-day workshop on ‘Commendable Journalism in Health Sector’ involving the participation of senior journalists and editors and organized jointly by the World Health Organization and the Health Ministry here, Minister Adhikari said he had even held talks with the organizations of the likes of Global Fund to not introduce sub-standard vaccines to Nepal.
The Minister added that the government had brought in a new health policy after 22 years for making the public health service prompt and effective. He said the new policy would contribute in easing the establishment of health posts in VDCs, expand the facility of the state-owned hospitals and facilitate the entry of private sector.
The government is also planning to propose the policy for a review at the World Health Organization meet to be held after a month.
At the programme, Health Secretary Shanta Bahadur Shrestha urged the journalists to disseminate information on health sector after acquiring adequate and technical knowledge on the health scenario.
World Health Organization’s Country Coordinator Dr Rajendra Bohara said the workshop aimed at updating the media personnel on the health policy and activities.