The Peruvian Government declared a health emergency due to a high risk of poliomyelitis and measles at the national level, Health Minister Rosa Gutierrez announced on last Wednesday.
Furthermore, the minister underscored that the goal, within the framework of this health emergency, is to vaccinate more than 2,500,000 children under 5 years of age against both diseases.
According to the government official, the regions that need to be monitored and close vaccination gaps are Amazonas, Arequipa, Lambayeque, Lima, Puno, Madre de Dios, Loreto, Moquegua, San Martin, Tacna, Tumbes, Ucayali, and Callao.
“We are working hard in this scenario so that we can hire more than 20,000 brigades with a budget of more than S/27 million (about US$7.31 million) to reach regions and prevent more children from contracting polio,” she stressed .
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