Islamabad, Handing Over Ceremony of 100,000 vaccine doses of Hepatitis ‘A’ Vaccine from Sinovac, People Republic of China to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was organized today in the Ministry of National Health Service Regulations & Coordination Islamabad.
Federal Health Minister, Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel presided over the event as the Chief Guest and on behalf of the Government of Pakistan received vaccines from the Guest of Honour Mr. Gao Qiang, Chief Executive Officer, Sinovac.
Federal Minister speaking on the occasion thanked the government and the people of China and stated that it is heartening to see that Pakistan China friendship achieves another milestone. Pakistan and China are ‘Iron Brothers’ with strong, genuine and enduring relationships.
At present, Pakistan is going through the aftermaths of the worst floods in the history of Pakistan, where to date, large communities in the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan are living in flood relief camps. These relief camps residents (both children and adults) are highly vulnerable to disease transmission. Hence emergence of an outbreak of Hepatitis ‘A’ virus is very highly. Providing assistance to the flood affected populations of Pakistan is Government’s top priority. At this point in time, we are really grateful for the donation of 100,000 doses of Hepatitis ‘A’ Vaccine by Sinovac for children and adults. The act reinforces the strategic cooperative partnership between Pakistan and China for health and prosperity of the two nations. “I wish and pray that Pakistan-China friendship remains higher than mountains, deeper than oceans, sweeter than honey, stronger than steel, and dearer than eyesight. ALWAYS.
Mr. Gao Qiang, Chief Executive Officer, Sinovac during his address said that today marks another event in continuation of the seventy years of everlasting and unprecedented bilateral friendship based on mutual trust, respect and goodwill between Pakistan and China. The Government of China considers the children and adult populations living in the flood affected communities as their own people and the assistance provided in form of 100,000 doses of Hepatitis ‘A’ vaccine is a gesture of care and affection.
On behalf of the government and the people of China, “I am pleased to share that we are proud to be part of this initiative. This is just a little step – a new beginning, our long term vision is beyond that focusing on a strategic health partnership where in-land production facilities of life saving vaccines will be fostered in near future in Pakistan”.
Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Kazi, DG, FDI thanked all officials and said that “the management of Federal Directorate of Immunization (FDI) is always honored to convene such events as it is always an experience of great learning for the whole team”. On behalf of the programme, “I thank the whole team of Sinovac for the assistance provided and assure that it will be used in the best possible manner to benefit the children and adult populations of Pakistan. Looking forward towards a continued partnership. Dr. Kazi also thanked the leadership of the Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination for the continued guidance and support.
The event was attended by respected senior health dignitaries from the MoNHSR&C, Polio Programme (NEOC), NIH, NCOC, DRAP, FDI and Country Representatives of World Health Organization, UNICEF and other partner organizations.