Thursday 16 July, 2020

Minister of Health reminds parents to immunise children

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Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh is urging parents to immunise their children.

Speaking at a Ministry of Health press conference on Monday morning, Minister Deyalsingh said they noted that in other countries, immunisation programmes had fallen off in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“What we don’t want, while we deal with COVID, is to have an outbreak of tetanus, measles, rubella, polio, whooping cough, diphtheria, yellow fever – all these childhood diseases which can have grave consequences can be mitigated by vaccination.”

Minister Deyalsingh said they have not yet noticed any drop-off in the number of children being immunised through the expanded immunisation programme, but issued the reminder in an effort to implement learnings from what has been happening in other countries.

Deyalsingh said he is, therefore, urging parents to take advantage of the immunisation programme through the public health system free of charge or through the private health sector at their paediatricians.

Minister Deyalsingh also took the time at the conference to remind HIV/AIDS patients that clinics and services are still up and running.

He said: “We don’t want to reverse the gains that we have made in keeping our HIV/AIDS numbers down. So take advantage of our open clinics, our open facilities to deal with HIV.”     

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