Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) called Thursday in Guatemala to give priority to vaccination programs and surveillance of polio, a disease eradicated in the continent in 1994.
The agency called "all countries [de la región] save all vaccine-preventable diseases, and in this particular case, polio, as a priority, "he said AFP Mexican Cuauhtemoc Ruiz Matus-seven Main Unit Complex & # 39; PAHO Ad immunization.
Public health experts from 22 countries in the hemisphere & # 39; I met in Guatemala's capital for three days to follow the steps to keep the region free of polio and move towards global eradication.
Ruiz-Matus said that attention to polio should continue "as a political priority at all levels" to prevent imported cases.
He urged the country to provide funding to ensure the availability of vaccines, trained human resources, laboratories and information systems.
"The immunization program you have in America has always been the leader of the program, it should be a political priority," the official said item.
"Until now we have 27 years polio-free, and we hope to maintain, as well as the first region free" from the disease, said Ruiz Matus, who explained that the continent's countries are in "harmony" in the action against this evil.
The last case of polio in the Americas was reported in 1991, according to PAHO.
Poliomyelitis is an acute infectious disease caused by poliovirus, which mainly occurs in children, and affects the nervous system cells compromising responsible for muscle control. This can be prevented by a vaccine.