Representative entities of the Brazilian system of external control came together to carry out a campaign in defense of the National Immunization Program. The drop in vaccination rates – caused, in large part, by the spread of fake news and attacks on science – makes the population more vulnerable, especially children. Epidemiologists already warn of the growing risks of diseases already eradicated, such as measles and poliomyelitis, which can leave sequelae and cause deaths.
The Association of Members of the Courts of Accounts of Brazil (Atricon), the Rui Barbosa Institute (IRB) – through its Technical Committee for the Evaluation of the National Pact for Early Childhood –, the National Council of Presidents of the Courts of Accounts (CNPTC) and the Brazilian Association of Municipal Audit Courts (Abracom) sent correspondence to the presidents of the TCs highlighting the importance of the performance of the control bodies in relation to the National Immunization Program (PNI). The document highlights the responsibilities of the Union, the states, the Federal District and the municipalities in the execution of actions related to immunization.
The purpose of the guidance is to encourage monitoring and inspection of the measures effectively adopted by the federative entities so that vaccination campaigns reach the expected goals, in order to avoid the reintroduction of viruses already eradicated in Brazil. The entities also recommend that TCs publish, on their own portals, social networks and other communication spaces, the immunization campaigns developed by the competent authorities, in order to encourage the population to adhere to vaccination.
According to the official letter, the Ministry of Health recently extended the National Vaccination Campaign against Poliomyelitis and Multivaccination until September 30, as vaccination coverage reached only 32.5% of children up to five years old. The goal of the PNI is to reach the immunization of 95% of this age group.