IN BACOLOD | 40,000 kids get measles, polio vaccines

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Some 40,000 children in Bacolod City have been immunized against measles-rubella and polio as of Feb. 10, records of the City Health Office showed.

Based on the data provided by Dr. Edwin Miraflor, officer-in-charge city health officer, a total of 18,547 children aged 9 to 59 months have already been vaccinated for measles-rubella, which represents 36.92 percent of the 50,231 target number of children.

Some 20,952 children under five years old have also received the oral polio vaccine, or 35.78 percent of the 58,565 target children.

CHO workers conduct measles-rubella and polio immunization in Barangay Granada, Bacolod City as part of the nationwide campaign this month | CHO Photo

A health campaign of the Department of Health, the “Chikiting Ligtas” Measles-Rubella and Oral Polio Vaccine Supplemental Immunization Activity runs from Feb. 1 to 28.

Efforts of the health workers in the city were lauded by the Department of Health in Western Visayas.

Regional Coordinator Adrian Hort Ramos commended the CHO for observing the COVID-19 referral and triage protocols during the vaccination activities.

He described as “very good” the CHO’s practice of providing health declaration cards for both the parent and the child participating in the immunization since it is following the protocols.

“Congratulations on the efforts! I was impressed. It can help with our infection control,” Ramos said in his evaluation report.

Moreover, Ramos observed that during the vaccination activities, the caregivers were properly wearing face masks and face shields, and proper coordination with the barangay was conducted to ensure sufficient space for the vaccination teams and mobilization of barangay tanod members in the vaccination flow.

“Involvement of the barangay officials was highly visible in all areas. There was also a provision of transportation assistance and food assistance for the vaccinators,” he added.

The “Chikiting Ligtas” aims to immunize 95 percent of all children aged 9 to 59 months with measles-rubella vaccines, and all children under 5 years old with oral polio vaccines.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia said while the Filipinos are still facing the COVID-19 pandemic that is threatening people’s lives, it is also a reality that there exist other infectious communicable diseases such as measles and polio which may cause lifetime disability and could also be fatal.

“Let us protect our children from these diseases. We appeal to all concerned parents and guardians to submit their children to vaccination,” he added.

DOH-6 Regional Director Emilia Monicimpo said the vaccination campaign acts as a preventive measure that guards children against contracting highly contagious diseases that lead to grave complications, including permanent disability.

“In our fight against these vaccine-preventable diseases, we need to ensure that no child is left unvaccinated,” she added. – NLG