PAHO calls for supportive infrastructure to COVID-19 vaccination

PAHO Director encourages Dominicans to get vaccinated
PAHO Director encourages Dominicans to get vaccinated

The member countries of the Pan American Health Organisation are being urged to perform accordingly and set up the infrastructure on the place where they are needed. These infrastructures might support the vaccination drives of coronavirus.

Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, said that this is imperative in ensuring the success of COVID-19 vaccination campaigns.

Dr. Carissa Etienne said, “Now is the time to expand cold chains and invest in health systems, especially as financial institutions and donors… have expressed their willingness to support countries to make these improvements. Now is also the time to hire and train health workers to ensure vaccines can be administered quickly.”

On Wednesday, October 13th, director Dr Etienne give these statements while speaking at the PAHO’s virtual meeting.

While highlighting that the health workers are referred to as the trusted source of information for the patients who are infected with the covid-19 virus. Further adding to the statement director said that the health workers, especially from the Caribbean, should be encouraged to train their health workers team at all levels, and they should be equipped with all the knowledge regarding the questions that they should be asked by the patient or the person who seeks for help. These health workers should also tell them the benefits of the vaccination.

The director said that this campaign should be designed in such a way that it would be effective for all the member countries of the organisation in the Caribbean region. This campaign should also be effective for the population of these countries.

While giving the idea of providing stipends, Dr Etienne pointed out, “even small ones for food and transport can help incentivise campaigns in rural and remote areas, where travel to vaccination sites can be a challenge. These and other tailored strategies will be key to reaching those we haven’t yet reached, not just in the countries where coverage remains low, but in every corner of our region.”