BACOLOD

Bacolod to join region-wide launching of measles vaccination

THE City of Bacolod, spearheaded by the City Health Office (CHO), is one with Western Visayas in the region-wide launching of Measles-Rubella Oral Polio Vaccine Supplemental Immunization Activity (MR OPV SIA) Campaign on February 1.

The simultaneous kick-off activity will start at 9:30 a.m. in the respective city and provincial health offices, which will feature a ceremonial vaccination of a child to be done by a health worker.

Dubbed "Chikiting Ligtas," the MR OPV SIA campaign, organized by the Department of Health-Western Visayas Center for Health Development, is slated until February 28.

It aims to immunize 95 percent of all children aged 9 to 59 months with Measles-Rubella vaccines, and all children under 5 years old with Oral Polio vaccines.

CHO regional director Dr. Emilia Monicimpo said, "The vaccination campaign acts as preventive measure that guards our children from contracting these highly contagious diseases that lead to grave complications including permanent disability."

"In our fight against these vaccine-preventable diseases, we need to ensure that no child is left behind unvaccinated," she added. (PR)


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