Almost two months have already elapsed since the arrival of the first batch of HINI vaccines to these shores, allowing for some vulnerable groups to access the medication.
And according to Acting Chief Nursing Officer, Tarmattie Barker, persons have been accessing the vaccine at the Ministry of Health and at all health facilities in the various regions.
The municipal facilities, she noted, have not been an exception in offering the vaccine. “For the past few weeks we have had teams going out in Sophia, on the East Coast and on the East Bank of Demerara…We even had teams visiting schools as well that were giving out the HINI vaccine…” Barker related.
And according to her, there have been no reports of side effects from persons who have already received the vaccine. The amount of vaccines already administered is yet to be ascertained, as according to Barker, the reports have to be compiled to determine the actual figure.
Some 75,000 doses of the vaccine arrived in Guyana during the latter part of March, compliments of the Pan American Health Organisation. However, Minister of Health, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, had revealed that some 160,000 persons were identified as eligible to receive the HINI vaccine.
Among those, he had said, will be approximately 100,000 children under five years of age and about 50,000 persons living with other conditions, for which co-morbidity with the H1N1 virus may prove to be very serious and even fatal.
The latter group, which represents persons with certain chronic conditions, was identified based on the Health Ministry’s observance of other countries’ experiences. However, all symptoms and signs of the virus have since disappeared from these shores.
However, Minister Ramsammy had disclosed that he had commenced negotiation with various countries to secure additional supplies of the vaccines.
“The vaccine that we have right now in the country comes to us at a cost of about $72M and in order to meet our initial amount that we had planned for (approximately 200,000) we will have to find another $100M. So that is what I have to work on,” the Minister had asserted.
Meanwhile, Barker revealed that the administration of the recently introduced RotaTeq children’s vaccine, intended to stamp out the impact of the rotavirus, has been progressing incident free.
She revealed that vaccination which was intensified at the recently concluded vaccination week had kicked off in earnest at health centres that had doctors stationed there.
“We had to do this in case there were any adverse effects. We had advised parents to keep a close eye on their children to see if there would have been any reaction and report them right away.”
The vaccination process, she said, has since been rolled out to additional health centres and is intended for children under the age of one.
According to the World Health Organisation, rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhoeal disease in infants and young children, globally.
It is estimated that the virus is responsible for approximately 527,000 deaths each year, with more than 85 percent of these deaths occurring in low-income countries, and over two million are hospitalised each year with pronounced dehydration. Children under five years of age, especially those between six months and two years are most vulnerable to the disease.
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