Dominica: Health Minister joins launch of PAHO’s vaccination week in Americas

This has become very relevant due to the fact that vaccination numbers have dropped due to the pandemic. This was due to repositioning of Health care workers as well as the limitations posed by social distancing and restrictive measures.

Dominica: Health Minister joins launch of PAHO's vaccination week in Americas
Dominica: Health Minister joins launch of PAHO's vaccination week in Americas

Roseau, Dominica: On the occasion 20th Anniversary of vaccination week, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) launched vaccination week in the Americas on Monday, April 25, 2022. As per the reports, over one billion persons have been vaccinated in the region since then. 

Minister of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment of Dominica Dr Irving Mclntrye said, “Today, April 25, PAHO launched vaccination week in the Americas. It’s the 20th Anniversary of vaccination week in the Americas.”

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He further stated that although the Covid-19 vaccine has been highlighted due to the ongoing pandemic, it is an opportunity to catch up on other missed vaccines as well.

This has become very relevant due to the fact that vaccination numbers have dropped due to the pandemic. This was due to repositioning of Health care workers as well as the limitations posed by social distancing and restrictive measures.

It is for this reason that we must participate to ensure that the gains we have made in eliminating diseases such as rubella, measles and polio are not lost.

Further, Dr Mclntrye noted, “I encourage everyone to act responsibly and get yourselves and children’s vaccination status (not only Covid-19 vaccination) up to date. Engage your health team who will be knocking at your doors.”

This afternoon they had a very interactive symposium on primary health care and non-communicable diseases.

We are fully aware of the importance that primary health care plays in the transformation of any health care system and mitigating the effects of NCD’s.

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NCD’s poses a major threat to our socio and economic development as a small island developing state.

It must be a multi-sectoral effort involving all ministries with community involvement to recognize the benefits for our citizens.

“The PAHO experts had extended discussions with the Minister and digital team from the Ministry of public works. The future looks bright for further integration of primary and secondary health care in Dominica,” underscored Health Minister.