There were forty participants; EPI nurses, Primary Health Care Nurse managers, Surveillance Nurses from all health authorities and counties. The objective of the workshop was primarily to provide technical updates on vaccination program monitoring and information system. The participants were also briefed on new and underutilized vaccines as well as improving surveillance for vaccine preventable diseases.
As one of the most efficient and cost-effective public health interventions, vaccinations are critical to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals. Further improvements in coverage, expansion of resource pools and timely introduction of new vaccines targeting priority infectious diseases, are needed to sustain the achievements. Emphasis will be put on prioritizing service provision for most vulnerable population and hard-to-reach areas with an integrated service delivery model. The goal of the Expanded Immunization Program in Trinidad and Tobago is to reduce morbidity and mortality from vaccine preventable diseases and attain 95% immunization coverage of each antigen and 95% or more of coverage in each municipality or community. The seminar was officially opened by the PAHO/WHO Country Representative Dr. Bernadette Theodore Gandi and the speakers included the Director of CAREC, Dr. Beryl Irons, Dr. Kumar Sundaraneedi, Medical Director, Technical Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Yitades Gebre, Advisor on Family Health and Disease Management, PAHO/WHO.