The authorities are prepared to activate any of the alerts corresponding to the established contingency plan. They proceed rapidly, conducting the case study and defining the areas to set up “focus blockades,” conduct sweeps, and close down the blocks around where the person with the suspected case lives.
The Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) carries out a rapid action plan every six month to improve coverage levels and rigorously monitor the diseases that beset people in the department says Dr. Ryder Burgos Tavera, Director of the Mapajo Health Center.
The Bolivian Armed Forces stationed at border points play a key role in supporting the control and early detection of suspected cases of measles or other diseases.
Rear-Admiral Edgar Alvarado Villarroel, commander of the military garrison in Pando, reports on the role of the armed forces in the event of a COVID-19 alert. As a result of the pandemic, they coordinated with different institutions such as the Ministry of Health through the Departmental Health Services (SEDES) to provide support at the country’s points of entry. They are also supporting epidemiological surveillance to keep measles cases imported from Brazil from entering Bolivia.
The Pan American Health Organization and the World Organization have successfully strengthened the entire Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) team by offering ongoing training in epidemiological surveillance, compliance with regulations, management of implementation techniques, cold chain management, and provision of cold chain and computer equipment to improve the Electronic Immunization Registry.