Saint Lucia: the Ministry of Health organizes a workshop on vaccination

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Saint Lucia: the Ministry of Health organizes a workshop on vaccination


Castries, Saint Lucia: The Saint Lucia Ministry of Health, Welfare and Seniors Affairs, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), recently hosted an immunization workshop aimed at building the capacity of public health nurse supervisors, community nurses and other key health professionals to increase immunization coverage in Saint Lucia.

The Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Jenny Daniel, said that the continuation of the vaccination program is of key importance for the ministry, as it will ensure the resilience of the health sector.

“Today marks the start of this hybrid immunization workshop which aims to build the capacity of our health workers and workers to implement our immunization programs in a proactive, effective and dynamic manner. This workshop is therefore another important strategy employed by the Ministry to strengthen the resilience of the health sector and our population in the current context of the resurgence of contagious diseases and epidemics in the world.

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George, encouraged participants to apply the knowledge gained from the workshop to deliver immunization services in the various primary health care centers.

“Whatever we learn today, implementation on the ground is extremely important. Thus, the training may last a few days, but what matters is the impact. What do you do when you return to your wellness center and how do you make changes to improve the overall immunization program? We have a lot of work to do to get back to near 100% coverage in our communities. »

Health Minister Moïse Jn Baptiste said that despite the many challenges in immunization coverage, nurses need to work hard to increase numbers and ensure a stronger health system.

“It is very important for us to sit down and see how we can get back to basics. We are operating in a different environment; an environment with social media, giving us opportunities but at the same time presenting us with many challenges. And we’ve been through the issues with COVID-19 and we’re still going through the issue of hesitation with vaccination and COVID-19.

The workshop focused on areas such as vaccine safety and quality, vaccine cold chain monitoring, immunization program effectiveness, and health facility planning, to name a few. only a few.

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