Angeles launches anti-measles, polio campaign

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014


ANGELES CITY -- The local government here through its City Health Office (CHO) has launched a month-long mass immunization campaign that aims to lessen the growing cases of measles and polio.

Simultaneous to the “Ligtas sa Tigdas at Polio” nationwide campaign launched by the Department of Health (DOH), Angeles City is more than enthusiastic to help achieve its goal in reducing child mortality rate in the Philippines.

The free vaccination campaign targets children from nine months to five years old who are said to be at risk of acquiring these diseases.

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“Our aim is to interrupt the transmission of these diseases in Angeles City by providing measles rubella vaccine (MR vaccine) and oral polio vaccine (OPV) to an estimated 48,000 number of children,” said Evelinda D. Mariano, Nurse Supervisor of the City Health Office.

While measles outbreaks continue in different parts of the country, there has been a zero reported case of polio in the city.

The campaign seeks to maintain country’s current polio-free status.

The Department of Health (DOH) implements the anti-polio campaign in compliance with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Health Regulation on polio as a public health emergency.

For his part, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan strongly encourages every household to take part in this citywide campaign to help prevent the spreading of these diseases.

"I am glad that our City Health Office is consistent and ever ready to implement the programs and projects of their regional and national counterparts. This will ensure that Angeles is a safe, and healthy place to live in," says Pamintuan, who has been steadfast in the creation and establishment of public health services such as the Medikalinga and the Renal Care Unit in the last few years.

This effort is also part of the city’s preparation for the arrival of external monitors from World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

Persons infected with measles show symptoms like high fever, red eyes, runny nose and cough. Rashes may also appear all over the body after two days.

This disease can spread through coughing or physical contact with body secretions of an infected person. It is a viral and highly-contagious respiratory disease that a person carrying it can pass it on to 18 other people.

Nurses from the city health office will visit barangays for the whole month of September to conduct this massive immunization. The public is encouraged to take advantage of this free service. (AC-CIO)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 04, 2014.

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