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A Strong Primary Health Care System Key to Jamaica’s Success in Immunization PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 July 2012 06:34

Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson has attributed Jamaica’s success in immunization to a strong primary health care system.  Minister Ferguson says this is characterized by a good network of community based health centers, hospitals that are strategically located, active community participation in health, a well-trained and dedicated cadre of health care professionals and the provision and expansion of the health infrastructure.


“In the area of immunization coverage, Jamaica has been recognized among the most successful countries in Latin America and the Caribbean region by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Our programme is cited as a model for other nations. The foundation was laid for this from as far back as the 1970s, Minister Ferguson explained.


Last year, Jamaica achieved a hundred percent coverage for tuberculosis (BCG), 92 percent for polio, diphtheria, pertussis or whooping cough and tetanus (DPT), hepatitis B and haemophilus influenza type b (HIB) and 88 percent coverage for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).


In 2007 and again in 2011, Jamaica won the Henry C. Smith Immunization Award. This award is given to the country that has made the most improvement in its Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) for the year.



 Contact: MOH, Public Relations Unit Tel: 967-1561

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