DOH mounts synchronized polio drive in Mindanao, NCR – Claudeth Mocon-Ciriaco – Business Mirror

To boost immunization coverage against polio, the Department of Health (DOH) conducted a Synchronized Polio Vaccination in Lanao del Sur and other areas in Mindanao and the National Capital Region (NCR), as part of the agency’s  “Sabayang Patak kontra Polio.”

Health
Secretary Francisco Duque III led the mass immunization against polio in
Mindanao by giving three doses of the oral polio vaccine to all children five
years old and below, regardless of their immunization status.

“We urge all parents
and caregivers, health workers and local government units to protect their
children and communities against the poliovirus by participating in the
synchronized vaccination in high-risk areas in Mindanao and in NCR,” Duque
said.

He also encouraged
parents and caregivers to completely vaccinate the children in their care, and
stick to their routine immunization schedule.

Polio is a highly
contagious disease transmitted through the fecal-oral route. It is caused by
the poliovirus and may result in life-long paralysis, and even death. It is
vaccine-preventable, however.

The Synchronized Polio
Vaccination campaign aims to boost immunization coverage and full vaccination
against the poliovirus as the best way to prevent the transmission of the
disease.

Monday marked the
kickoff for the first round of vaccination in Lanao del Sur, Marawi City, Davao
del Sur and Davao City.

The campaign will be
expanded to the whole of Mindanao on November 25, 2019, and will be concluded
with the last round of vaccination on January 6, 2020. The NCR also began its
second round of vaccination on Monday, with its last round scheduled on
November 25, 2019.

The national response
that has been mounted by the DOH, in close coordination with local government
units and national agencies, and with support from the World Health
Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, began in Manila in August.

“I remind parents and
caregivers that aside from immunization, you need to practice good personal
hygiene: to wash hands regularly, use toilets, drink safe water and cook food
thoroughly,” the Health chief concluded.

Image Credits: AP Photo/Aaron Favila

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