Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Immunization and NCD grants accepted: worried employees assured of pay

Palikir, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services): January 23, 2013 - Among a number of congressional actions on January 22 was favorable news for the FSM Department of Health and Social Affairs (HSA).

Congress accorded favorable actions toward two financial assistances from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will maintain the immunization and vaccination program and the FSM Communicable Disease Control Project implemented throughout the states.

HSA officials have been concerned about the two grants as employees under the said programs at the states would not be able to get paid in time if Congress deferred action.

The notice of grant award for the communicable disease control project in the amount of $528,818 was issued by CDC on December 8, 2012. The resolution for acceptance was introduced on January 18.

The notice of award for the immunization program in the amount of $1,188,345 was issued by CDC on the 21st of December, 2012. On January 18, the award resolution for this particular financial assistance was introduced.

Both grants were jointly reviewed by the Standing Committee on Health and Social Affairs and the Standing Committee on External Affairs.

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FSM Office of the President
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