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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (MercoPress) According to Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO),regular public health services are being disrupted in countries of the Americas, because health workers are redirected to care for COVID-19 patients, people hesitate to seek routine care due to fears of infection, and global supply chains of medicines and equipment are strained.

“Without doctors and nurses available to offer other essential services at the first level of care – including pregnancy-related care, and management of chronic conditions like diabetes or infectious diseases such as HIV, TB and malaria – these services . . .

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