Health Minister Julius Timothy says his ministry will place special emphasis on residents and immigrants who have not been immunized against diseases like tetanus.
This as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is observing the 8th Anniversary of Vaccination Week of the America’s this week.
Timothy says despite successes in immunization, there continues to be some communities where children have not completed their vaccination schedules.
These children, he said continues to be at risk of contracting vaccine preventable diseases.
“Immunization against Hepatitis B will continue as this year we focus on our 14 to 18 year olds. Dominica continues to report immunization coverage of the target population of 95%$ and over for all vaccines offered under the expanded programme on immunization. Our children have received protection from common diseases affecting many of their counterparts in other parts of the world,” he said.
According to Timothy, who was delivering an address to mark the observance of Vaccination Week, it is clear that the use of vaccines by the Ministry of Health is one of the major factors in disease prevention.
“Parents can testify to a greater quality of life for their young children and resources can now be redirected to other public health interventions to combat chronic diseases,” he said.
This week’s observance is being held under the theme “Reaching Everyone”.
– DNO Correspondent