26 Mar 2003

UNICEF promises vaccines for Solomons children by the end of the week

11:16 am on 26 March 2003

UNICEF's Pacific regional office in Fiji says it has obtained child vaccines for Solomon Islands and that they should arrive in Honiara by the end of the month.

A spokesperson for UNICEF, which buys drugs at subsidised prices for developing countries, also says additional shipments of vaccines and medicines will continue thoughout April.

This comes after Solomon Islands medical authorities had advised people to safeguard their children against illnesses and infections because they had run out of vaccines.

The UNICEF spokesperson says the drugs purchase came after the Japanese government provided 90-thousand US dollars from its aid fund.

He says his organisation is also working with the Solomon Islands government to ensure that the country won't suffer another medicine shortage.