Contemporary polio vaccination program in Venezuela
To eradicate polio from the world many health organizations like WHO and UNICEF are formulating strategies to public health, a part of this project in July 2019 UNICEF has organized massive immunization project to Venezuela, according to the spokesperson of UNICEF’s Venezuela Interim Representative Hervé de Lys promised to deliver more than 3.8 M doses of oral polio vaccine (OPV) and 124,479 doses of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) in more than 7000 immunization points across the country, further he emphasized the vaccination is very essential that every child in Venezuela is immunized against polio, the disease and lifelong disability will be very serious, because there is no cure for this devastating disease,
based on recently published UNICEF’s country report on Venezuela and annual report in 2021 reported further extended its vaccination program to over 2 million children under 10 years old and more than 530,000 pregnant women had been vaccinated through the Expanded Program on Immunization, the immunization program has been delivered in the combination of 6.5 million doses of seven essential vaccines (pentavalent vaccines, oral polio of polio injectable vaccines, tetanus and diphtheria, measles, mumps and rubella vaccines, Bacille Calmette-Guérin and yellow fever). Based on the projects, the country’s UNICEF representative has implemented Lessons learned, and recommendations of the Country Program (CP) Evaluation will inform the design and implementation of the new Venezuela CP, further UNICEF emphasized on Venezuela to respond more effectively to the changing country context priorities and needs of the most marginalized children and their families.
In June 2022 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have been sign an agreement to further strengthening the polio eradication program in Venezuela. Based on the information from the country’s, Deputy Minister of Resources, Technology and Regulation, was in charge of receiving these supplies and the country received more than 1.5 million doses of the POLIO-BIVALENT vaccine in order to safeguard the health of the Venezuelan population. These vaccines will strengthen the National Public Health System (SPNS) in the comprehensive immunization programs in the different hospital centers of the country.