Parents told to ensure their children get anti-measles, polio vaccination

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Monday, September 1, 2014


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III said Monday that parents should make sure that their children would receive anti-measles and polio vaccinations.

The Chief Executive made the statement as he led the launching of the Ligtas sa Tigdas at Polio mass immunization campaign at the San Lazaro Compound in Manila.

He said that some 11 million to 13 million people in the country are at risk from measles, polio and rubella (German measles), thus he asked the public to cooperate in eradicating the preventable diseases.

"At ang pinakaimportante po, 'yung mga magulang na siyang nag-aaruga at gumagabay sa kanilang mga anak, ang siyang talagang manguna para maniguradong mabakunahan ang lahat ng ating kabataan, at talaga namang mailigtas sila dito sa mga sakit na hindi naman kailangang mangyari kung tayo ay magtutulungan," he said in a speech.

He hailed the Department of Health (DOH) for carrying out the initiative aimed at preventing outbreaks.

"Ito na nga ho ay mga pagbabakuna para mailayo sa kapahamakang madudulot kung tatamaan ng polio o pati na ng measles, lalo na ang kanyang mga komplikasyon," Aquino said.

"Ngayon, ang Department of Health po ay talagang nakagayak na at binigyan ng sapat na pondo para maipaitupad 'yung hinahabol nga nating 95 percent na vaccination," he added.

The DOH will try its best to reach remote communities to carry out the vaccination program, he said, emphasizing the importance of coordinating with local government units throughout the country to ensure the program’s success.

"Pakiusap po sa lahat, itong 'Ligtas sa Tigdas' na programa natin ay ating suportahan. Doon sa mga hindi pa nakakarinig nitong programang ito, makidamay na po tayong ipaalala sa kanila ang obligasyon natin sa kabataang ito," he said.

The nationwide vaccination campaign, which targets nine- to 59-month old children, is a follow-up to the 2011 Measles Rubella Supplemental Immunization.

It aims to eliminate the threat of measles and rubella, protect communities against the poliovirus, and identify high-risk communities for routine immunization through the "Reaching Every Purok" strategy.

The government's goal is to vaccinate 95 percent of all children who are at risk of contracting these diseases.

Although there has been no reported case of polio in the country based on government monitoring, the DOH is implementing the anti-polio campaign in compliance with the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Health Regulation on polio as a public health emergency.

The campaign intends to maintain the county's polio-free status.

The mass vaccination campaign started Monday and will run until September 30, according to health officials. All health centers throughout the country will serve as vaccination posts. (SDR/Sunnex)

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