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Child receives polio oral vaccineAlthough polio was eradicated from the region, virus samples stored in some countries may present circulation risks. A comission of experts established by the Pan American Health Organization is requesting that the countries take actions to protect against these risks.

Damaged hospital in ChileThe strong aftershocks that rocked the Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins region in Chile led the government to declare state of emergency in that part of the country. But the areas affected by the February 27 earthquake are returning to normal, with roads open and access to all the affected populations. Telephone and electricity service has also been almost fully restored. The Ministry of Health has managed to restore health care services and for the time being, the demand is being met.

Temporary field hospitals have been set up by Chilean armed forces in affected regions of the country, and temporary health facilities sent by other countries will be set up as soon as possible. Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Peru and Spain have also sent field hospitals to Chile.

Spanish Minister of Health Trinidad Jiménez and PAHO's Assistant Director Dr. Socorro GrossThe Minister of Health and Social Policy of Spain, Trinidad Jiménez, announced that Spain will donate 4 million doses of vaccines for Influenza A H1N1 to the countries of Latin America, in a meeting with Dr. Socorro Gross, Assistant Director of the Pan American Health Organization, and technical staff.

{mosMiniYT}IP_dap-vzDw,l,Click here to watch{/mosMiniYT}The Indigenous Youth Regional Conference: Health, Development and Inclusion, in Cochabamba, Bolivia, had the participation of PAHO, the Spanish International Cooperation Agency and the Norwegian Embassy, as well as young leaders of Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala and Bolivia. Adolescents who participated shared their perspectives in this video. (in Spanish)