12278662_1086666054679724_6972278990840045148_nBelize was awarded first place for the surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases at the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) Managers’ Meeting, which was held in Guyana from November 17TH to the 20th.

As part of the week’s activities, awards were presented to countries who demonstrated improvement in the immunization programme, specifically for achievements in the area of surveillance of VPD.

The Ministry of Health recognizes and applauds the tremendous efforts by health care personnel, in particular the Rural Health Nurses and the Public Health Nurses, who on a daily basis actively search for suspected cases of diseases that are preventable by vaccine, and complete the investigation of such suspected cases as Acute Flaccid Paralysis for Poliomyelitis, fever-rash illness for Measles and Rubella, and Pertussis (Whooping Cough), among other diseases.

Surveillance data is used for tracking disease under elimination and eradication, to identify and prevent outbreaks of diseases, monitor and improve vaccination coverage in communities with low performance, identify disease high-risk areas, plan vaccination activities, monitor performance of surveillance using standard indicators, and provide evidence of diseases free status in the country. The last case of Poliomyelitis was in 1981, Measles in 1991, Rubella in 2001, Neonatal Tetanus and Congenital Rubella Syndrome in 1997.

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