Lima, Dec 9 (EFE).- More than 75,200 children under five years of age were vaccinated against polio and measles in the Lima region, as part of an “intense campaign” carried out during the last semester throughout Peru, reported this Saturday the Ministry of Health (Minsa).
The immunization plan allowed Lima to achieve the best vaccination coverage of all regions of the country, protecting a total of 75,224 children against both diseases thanks to the work of 8,524 health brigades.
In this regard, the director of Immunizations of the Minsa, María Elena Martínez, visited the headquarters of the Regional Health Directorate (Diresa) of the Lima Region, in the northern city of Huacho, to recognize the specialists who traveled throughout the jurisdiction.
“Their work allowed us to reach the regional goal in a timely manner, ranking first at the national level,” highlighted the Minsa.
The ministry noted that the objective of the campaign was to reduce the risk of transmission of poliovirus and measles virus through an “immunization sweep.”
In this sense, in the Lima region, 95% coverage was exceeded for boys and girls from 2 months to 5 years, through a campaign that reached 128 districts.
On the occasion of World Polio Day, the Minsa reported on October 24 that more than 302,000 children up to the age of 5 had been vaccinated against polio so far this year.
With this figure, 63% of children under 5 years of age in the country had been reached, who require five doses to be fully immunized against the disease.
“Polio is a highly contagious disease that generates permanent disability, making it potentially fatal. Children under 5 years of age who are not vaccinated are the most vulnerable,” the ministry noted before ensuring that Peru does not have any cases of wild polio. for 32 years.
He reported, however, that last March, a case of poliovirus derived from the vaccine was recorded in a native community in the Amazon region of Loreto, for which a house-to-house vaccination plan was ordered to immunize all minors. 5 years in the area.
“This work managed to increase vaccination coverage against this disease, which was reduced during the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said. EFE