THE City Government of San Fernando, headed by Mayor Edwin Santiago, kicked-off the community-based forum about Dengvaxia on Tuesday, March 12, at the Pampanga High School.
Initiated by the City Health Office headed by Dr. Eloisa Aquino and in partnership with the Department of Health, the activity sought to “increase awareness on Dengvaxia and to present the health management services of the city, which are truly beneficial for the community.”
The half-day discussion was graced by the parents from barangays Dolores, Juliana, Lourdes, San Jose, Sta. Teresita, Sto. Nino, Sto. Rosario, Magliman, and San Juan and they were given a chance to raise their concerns and queries.
Communicable Disease coordinator Dr. Renely Tungol led the discussion by highlighting the proper ways on how to combat diseases, particularly dengue.
“Dengvaxia is a protection against dengue but we are saying that the vaccine is the only solution to avoid dengue. It is one of the protective measures for ourselves to prevent dengue,” Tungol said.
She furthered that the Local Government of San Fernando has various health care services and programs which are intended for the welfare of the Fernandinos.
“With the initiative of Mayor Santiago we are being given these programs to guide you in caring for your children and of course, to give you the right services,” she added.
For his part, Santiago stressed the importance of the forum and urged everyone to cooperate in the capital city’s actions.
Five rural health units are open to cater the medical needs of the Fernandinos, he said.
“This is one of our ways of inclusive healthcare in the city. There are many programs for you and I urge you to go to health centers and inquire if you are not feeling well,” he said.
The dengvaxia education campaign will also be conducted in different barangays of the city.
For other inquiries, you may reach the City Health Office at (45) 961-3200. (PR)