Santo Domingo.- The Dominican health authorities and a
leading medical association have joined forces in an initiative focused on
reducing the number of children who are affected by the HIV virus and
congenital syphilis at birth.
The Dominican Pediatrics Society and the Ministry of Public Health have organized the first of three training days for pediatricians across the country, in order to increase their knowledge and commitment to the initiative, which is aimed at reducing the number of babies born with HIV by 2% and congenital syphilis by 0.5%.
Nonetheless, there are no reliable statistics for establishing a parameter that shows the precise scale of the problem in the country.
The campaign stresses improved detection of these diseases in pregnancy, better and more stringent monitoring during gestation, and treatment after birth.
Yesterday, the Ministry of Public Health and the Dominican Pediatric Society organized a series of regional educational campaigns.