THE City of Zamboanga recorded a 98.39-percent accomplishment rate in the implementation of the month-long Measles-Rubella Supplemental Immunization Activity (MR SIA), exceeding the national target of 95 percent.
Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite, City Health Office chief, said the 98.39 percent represents 79,979 out of the total 81,289 children targeted for vaccination from October 26 to November 25.
This is despite the challenges brought about by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, the weather condition, terrain, misinformation and other difficulties encountered by city health workers in reaching out to all eligible children in the 98 villages.
Dr. Fatima Virginia Alamia, national immunization program medical coordinator of the City Health Office, said the supplemental immunization activity is aimed to protect the target beneficiary-children from measles, rubella and its complications.
The Department of Health has extended the implementation of MR SIA up to November 28 to reach more children aged nine months to 59 months.
Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar congratulated and thanked city health workers, nurses and midwives and all those who took part in the anti-measles vaccination for children.
“Enhorabuena y miles de gracias con maga health workers, inclujido maga nurses y midwives por el trabajo bien hecho!” Salazar said. (SunStar Zamboanga)