Latin America at risk of “avalanche of health issues” due to Covid-19 – PAHO

The Covid-19 pandemic declared in March 2020 continues to have "a devastating cost" in the Americas, Etienne said, reporting on the epidemiological situation in the region last week.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Delays in the immunization of children, lack of prenatal check-ups, poor follow-up of patients with chronic diseases: the disruptions caused by the new virus "are having a disproportionate impact on our first level of care," PAHO director Carissa Etienne said at a press conference.

Ninety-seven percent of the American countries and territories surveyed recently reported disruptions in their services, while 45% reported interruptions in at least half of them, according to PAHO.

On the other hand, more than 300,000 children have missed routine immunization in 2020, mostly in Brazil and Mexico, Etienne . . .

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