Venezuela begins on Sunday a massive vaccination against polio for more than 3.1 million children under the age of five, with the support of the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) .
"It is essential that all children in Venezuela are immunized against polio because there is no cure for this devastating disease," said UNICEF representative Herve de Lys, according to a statement from the United Nations agency ( UN)
The vaccination day, which will be headed by the Ministry of Health, has more than 7,000 immunization points in the country and is done because in 1994 America was certified "as a region without cases of acute flaccid paralysis caused by polio." , "wild poliovirus remains a potential threat if vaccination is neglected or discontinued."
"The well-being of Venezuela's children is above politics, and UNICEF calls on all parties, parents, caregivers and teachers to ensure that all children are vaccinated," she said. regional director of the agency for Latin America and the Caribbean, María Cristina Perceval.
The expert added that "protecting children against this preventable disease is a moral imperative."
According to the statement, Unicef "acquired and supplied" to the country, before the start of the campaign, "more than 3.8 million doses of oral polio vaccine (OPV)" and 124,479 doses of "inactivated vaccine" against it. disease.
He also noted that he has contributed to the production of radio and television commercials in order to spread messages about immunization.
The agency also highlighted that during this year it has provided "almost 6.7 million doses of the vaccine against diphtheria and 176,000 doses" against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), "in collaboration with allies throughout Venezuela" .
According to UN figures cited by Unicef, around 3.2 million children and adolescents in Venezuela "need assistance".
The agency says that it requires 32 million dollars (28.4 million euros) for children to have access to "health services and immunization, water, education, nutrition and protection", but for now "only 17 have been received. , 8 million dollars (15.8 million euros) ".
In addition, he warned that "it is likely" that the amount of funding they require will increase in the coming months, as long as he continues to "expand his response to humanitarian needs in collaboration with the government and civil society allies."
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