Vaccination Day of the Americas guarantees more than 2 million doses to the population
The Government of Venezuela guarantees 2,039,927 doses of vaccines to protect 639,915 children, aged between zero and six years, at the Vaccination Day of the Americas, extended until June 30.
This was reported by the People’s Power Minister for Health, Carlos Alvarado, during his participation in the Via Alterna Program, broadcast by the National Radio Circuit of Venezuela and conducted by the Vice-minister Isbemar Jiménez.
“We are strengthening routine vaccines, which involve immunization against 11 diseases of the national vaccination scheme, such as tetanus, hepatitis B, tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis, haemoclean influenza, polio, measles, rubella, mumps, yellow fever”, He referred.
He explained that to date a little more than 60% of the vaccination goal has been met, however President Nicolás Maduro’s instruction is to reach 100% of the established goal.
“The biggest action in prevention is vaccination. President Nicolás Maduro, aware of its importance, has decided to extend the National Vaccination Day, which is combined with the Vaccination Day of the Americas until June 30”, he said.
The head of Health highlighted the efforts of the Government of Venezuela to guarantee the free vaccination of children, despite the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the US government and other countries.
“In previous years, these measures reduced the immune status of our children and reappeared diseases such as diphtheria and measles (…) we have sought alternatives and through the Cuba-Venezuela agreement, we managed to bring some vaccines, as well as through the Revolving Fund of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)”, he said.
He added that through the United Nations Fund for Children (Unicef) the Venezuelan State has managed to bring other vaccines, such as polio.