Brazil commits to Guyana’s fight against Yellow Fever



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Guyana’s neighbour to the south Brazil has joined in the fight against the acute viral haemorrhagic disease Yellow Fever by donating vaccine.

The donation was made when its Ambassador to Guyana Lineu Pupo de Paula paid a courtesy call on Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence on Tuesday.

Minister Lawrence accepted the gift, which she said will help meet the medical demands of this multi-cultural, English-speaking country.

Brazillian Ambassador to Guyana Lineu Pupo de Paula hands over the medicine to Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence. PAHO/WHO Country representative Dr William Adu- Krow looks on

The Brazilian envoy said his country, most famous for football, is also committed to helping Guyana in its fight against Yellow Fever.  Drugs to counteract leishmaniasis, a parasitic diseases found in tropical and sub-tropical countries and southern Europe, were also donated.

Meanwhile, PAHO/WHO officials Tuesday also announced support for several sub-sectors of Guyana’s Public Health system according to a message relayed from Dr Carissa Etienne, PAHO Director, who visited Guyana earlier this year.

“We have instructions to help you,” said Marcos Espinal, Director, Department of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis and Marcelo D’Agostino, Senior Advisor, Knowledge Management Health Information and Analysis Unit. They had also paid a courtesy call on Lawrence Tuesday.

Espinal and D’Agostino in the presence of PAHO/WHO Representative here, Dr William Adu-Krow, said Guyana can expect technical and other support for its communicable diseases and vector control programmes; backing for its neglected diseases efforts and firm backing for its Health Information Systems.


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