The central event of vaccination took place in Leticia, Amazonas, and had the participation of the Minister of Health and Social Security, Guillermo Alfonso Jaramillo, from where he said that the health services provided by the government seek to protect the inhabitants of the territory. , responsible for taking care of the world’s lungs.
Minister Jaramillo highlighted the efforts of the Directorate for Promotion and Prevention and the Expanded Immunization Program (PAI), which led the initiative to supply more than 69 thousand vaccines throughout the country on November 18.
Leticia’s PAI team member Carme Lozano Núñez, who recently received recognition in Spain for her work as an extramural vaccinator, epitomized the event, also being praised by the Minister at the day’s opening. “Carmen represents all vaccinators and has achieved through a picture how resourceful all members of the PAI team are, providing their services to the three thousand positions available throughout the region to date.
The activity was held at the headquarters of the San Rafael de Leticia Hospital, Minister Jaramillo stressed the importance of the conference: “They will control and eliminate over time diseases such as cervical cancer in women through the vaccine against human papillomavirus. and through other schemes, greater protection for boys, girls and even older adults against diseases like measles, poliomyelitis, rubella, whooping cough, tetanus and COVID-19 is provided.”,
In the capital of the Amazon, the first doses of the bivalent vaccine against COVID-19 were administered, marking an important milestone in the fight against the pandemic. Overall, 69,419 vaccinations were administered across the national territory, including 46,584 doses in children under 6 years of age, 5,251 doses in children vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), and 12,637 people were protected against seasonal influenza. These figures reflect the commitment of the Colombian government to guarantee the health and well-being of its population.
Representatives of the vaccination sector were present
Leticia’s “vaccination” was also attended by the Deputy Minister of Health, Jaime Urrego, and the Minister of Social Protection, Luis Alberto Martínez; as well as representatives from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). These organizations were recognized for their collaboration in health programs with migrant populations.
In the words of the Minister: “During these days we also take care of our migrant brothers who have not had the opportunity to receive these vaccination programs regularly and we have achieved this with the support of PAHO and USAID.”
Importance of caring for Amazon
Minister Jaramillo used the occasion to emphasize the importance of taking care of this sector that is so vital for the planet, as it plays a vital role in mitigating climate change and the survival of humanity. He highlighted the government’s efforts to preserve the Amazon and called on large greenhouse gas producing countries to invest in the region and offset conservation efforts.
He said that with the care that indigenous communities give to the Amazon rainforest, they are controlling climate change and, in turn, offer the rest of the world the possibility of survival and avoiding the disaster that could end humanity.
The minister confirmed that President Petro’s government has managed to reduce deforestation in the region and preserve it. Warning that the Department should be compensated, not only from the country but also from the big countries that create the greenhouse effect resulting in climate destruction, for the forest areas to remain, he urged them to do their bit and invest. Do it. In area.