11 October, Kathmandu.
Minister for Health and Population Virodh Khatiwada has informed that preparations are being made to bring vaccine against corona virus for children under 12 years of age.
Speaking at a press conference organized by Health Journalists Forum Nepal here today, he said that vaccines for children under 12 are being tested in India and China and Nepal is preparing to bring vaccines after the successful test. “The second phase of the vaccine for children under the age of 12 is being tested in India and China and the third (final) phase is being tested,” he said.
“We are preparing to bring the vaccine from India or China, which provides us with the vaccine soon,” he said. At present, the government has started bringing Pfizer and Modern vaccines for children above 12 years of age. Just a few days ago, the US government had provided one lakh 620 doses of vaccine to Nepal through Covax.
Minister Khatiwada informed that 6 million Pfizer and 4 million Modern vaccines have been ensured. “We have already paid for the vaccine,” he said. “We will bring Pfizer and modern vaccines soon.” Both vaccines are given to children in the age group of 12 to 18 years. He also expressed his commitment not to allow corruption in health sensitivities. “Earlier, there was talk of corruption and irregularities in the health sector,” he said.
Minister Khatiwada said that some hospitals that had treated the corona virus had demanded more money than prescribed and the money had not been disbursed. “Some hospitals have demanded three days of hospitalization, 13 days of intensive care unit (ICU) and ventilator treatment for misreporting,” he said. It was found to have been delivered. That is why we have not disbursed funds for such hospitals. ”
Minister Khatiwada said that he had instructed the secretary of the ministry to find out the truth as there were complaints that the association had arbitrarily increased the price of some medicines. He also said that he would try to make the health insurance program free. “Right now, I am trying to provide free health insurance to endangered and minorities,” he said.
In the health insurance program, if a family insures Rs 3,500 annually, they can get free treatment up to Rs 100,000. Minister Khatiwada expressed his determination to provide easy access to health services to all.