August 5, 2013 -- The government says it is exploring an alternative financing mechanism for immunization at the provincial level and it will not stop until it has a sustainable financing mechanism in place for national routine immunization services.
The government said this while commenting on Sri Lanka’s participation at the global conference on country-led efforts to fund immunization programs held in Dakar today.
“Sri Lanka has a separate budget line for immunization in our health budget allocated by the treasury. This has ensured the vaccine financing in Sri Lanka”, said Dr. Paba Palihawadana, Chief of Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health. “We are also exploring an alternative financing mechanism for immunization at the provincial level. We will not stop until we have a sustainable financing mechanism in place for our routine immunization services and protected by legal framework.”
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