Extended Program on Immunization or EPI is the only program that provides FREE vaccines and vaccination to all Cambodian children no matter who it is and no matter where they’re living. This is the only program to help millions of children’s life and it is become a part of country’s policy as well as some politician party’s policy as well.
But how many vaccines are currently available for EPI right now? How many vaccines that currently Cambodian’s EPI has?
Well, that’s a tough question then. Before we judge anyone or any political parties, we should think about the price that our country, our government need to pay for that vaccine. Luckily, currently, for developing country like us, Cambodia, we have a very huge organization which is ready to pay with biggest shared with our government budge for that vaccines. But sure, unless we come up with a very comprehensive proposal in terms of price, cost and benefits.
Currently in the world they have introduced so many vaccines for both pediatric, children and for adolescents as well.
For pediatric or children age under 5 years they have:
- Pneumococcal vaccines
- Rotavirus vaccines
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella vaccines
- Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Polio vaccines
- Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B vaccines
- Yellow fever vaccines
- Meningococcal vaccines
- Hib vaccines
For adolescents they have:
- Cervical cancer vaccines
- Zoster vaccines
- Hepatitis B vaccines
* Some vaccines can be used for both pediatrics and adolescents.
That’s a very long list of vaccines that available in both EPIs and private market. But look into our EPI list? How many vaccines do we have? I bet we can just count it on our fingers then.
Currently our EPI as only:
- Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis B, Hib vaccines
Now you can see that our list is just too short if compare to the above list. So, what’s happening here? Why we cannot introduce more vaccines so that every children get protected against diseases that we can protect by vaccines? Why we cannot just spend 10% of our country annual budget for new vaccines?
That’s always a BIG question mark (?) that I always have in my head and I would never understand about the issue as well.
No matter which political party is going to rule the country, but I beg our government, please have a look and have a clear visibility on this please. Unless you cannot provide a very good protection to your next generation people, so don’t expect that they will healthy enough to develop country.
Please Introduce More Vaccines for Cambodian Children, please!!!!