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St. Lucia reinforces vaccination of children against various diseases

Castries, Nov 20 (Prensa Latina) St. Lucia is nowadays carrying out a vaccination campaign to reinforce the immunity of children between two months and 12 years old against various preventable diseases.

According to the Ministry of Health, the process will be extended until next December 17 and will distribute personnel across all the national communities in order to guarantee that each infant receives its due dose.

The sector’s workers will visit the homes of those who cannot take their children to the vaccination centers, and the authorities insisted the population on cooperating in order not to leave any child of the nation unprotected.

Recently, the Director of the Pan American Health Organization Jarbas Barbosa called on the regional nations for prioritizing and optimizing medical attention to children and adolescents, since there are still high mortality rates at early ages.

In that regard, he regretted inequalities in the health systems, the fact that 13 out of every 1,000 children die before getting five years old, and the fact that four out of every 100 adolescents become pregnant at an early age.

“These figures are not mere statistics, they constitute an urgent call to action,” he remarked last week during a regional meeting.


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