Public Health

Shortage of Vaccinations in El Salvador

The Diario Co-Latino reports that an international team of evaluators has identified the short supply of vaccinations in El Salvador as the principal problem that the Ministry of Health must address.  The evaluation team found that the previous government led by the conservative ARENA party failed to pay almost $3 million dollars for vaccinations they purchased in 2008. The new government must now pay the debt before they can purchase more vaccinations. The international team stated that the issue of vaccinations ought to be on the national policy agenda

María Isabel Rodríguez, the Minster of Health, stressed that they cannot permit this current crisis to result in higher death rates. She also stated that it is unjust that underdeveloped countries, like El Salvador, should have to pay so much for vaccinations and that the international community ought to prioritize the needs of poorer countries.


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