Health exec: Proper nutrition as important as vaccine

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AS DAVAO City intensifies its information campaign on the benefits of getting the Covid-19 vaccine, a health official said proper nutrition is also important to prevent one's self from contracting the Covid-19 virus.

“Ang ating (Our) disease protection, prevention is not only vaccination. We have to eat healthy food, we have to clean our environment, we have to avoid vices, we have to have a healthy lifestyle,” Davao City Health Office (CHO) Assistant Health Officer Dr. Marjorie Culas said in a virtual information and education campaign on Covid-19 and benefits of its vaccination.

Despite being inoculated with the vaccine, it will not guarantee protection against the disease when there is poor nutrition, she said.

“The antibody formation would still depend on the nutrition of a person,” the health official said.

Despite the continuing studies of the vaccine’s efficacy, she said getting the vaccine is important to end the pandemic.

To end the pandemic, Culas said the city needs to achieve the target herd immunity of 70 percent of the city’s 1.8 million individuals.

Herd immunity, according to the World Health Organization, happens when a population is immune either through vaccination or immunity developed from the previous infection.

“At least 70 percent man lang ang makuha natin, that is already enough to achieve yung herd immunity (We are targeting at least 70 percent, that is already enough to achieve herd immunity),” Culas said during a virtual conference.

The health official said there is a need to boost vaccination confidence through a series of information drives to help convince Dabawenyos to get the vaccine.

The health official also reminded the public to continue to observe minimum health protocols even if they are already inoculated with the vaccine. She said it might take a while before the vaccine takes effect inside the body.

CHO Acting Head Dr. Ashley Lopez said in a radio interview on Thursday, February 18, that the city government is set to conduct a localized survey to determine the level of acceptance of the different sectors within the community of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Lopez said the survey is part of the city's effort in the vaccination program.

Meanwhile, the augmentation of the city immunization program is expected to start between the second to the third quarters this year.


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