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BARMM sees 95% vaccination coverage compared to polio and measles

At least 95% of youngsters in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will receive polio and measles vaccinations.

To safeguard children against the infections, BARMM health officials on Tuesday began a regional program called “Chikiting Ligtas: Measles-Rubella and Oral Polio Vaccine (MR-OPV SIA)”.

Children aged 0-59 months will receive oral polio immunizations as part of the campaign, which is scheduled to go through May 31.

Measles and polio are infectious diseases that can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia, ear infections (otitis media), conjunctivitis, diarrhea, encephalitis, malnutrition, and even death in children, according to a briefer from the Ministry of Health (MOH)-BARMM.

Zul Qarnayn Abas, deputy minister of MOH-BARMM, then urged local health stakeholders to support and motivate parents and families to bring their kids to neighboring medical facilities.

“Our frontline personnel are conducting house-to-house visits and mobile clinics so we can protect our children when parents, for one reason or another, could not bring their children to the health station,” he said.

The vaccines are guaranteed to be free, effective, and safe by health undersecretary Dr. Abdullah Dumama Jr. They have also been subjected to quality and effectiveness tests by professionals.

Dumama, a former regional director for DOH-Soccsksargen and the city’s health officer, has advised everyone to address the issue by safeguarding their family members, particularly young children, from extremely contagious diseases.

In his remarks, he said, “Let’s not let these viruses hit our children. We need to find solutions to this polio and measles epidemic.

Dr. Rizaldy Piang, the health minister for BARMM, stated that the region’s goal is to immunize roughly 626,000 kids.

The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in Lanao del Sur stated that a maximum of 166,000 children are expected to receive vaccinations.

In a statement, IPHO director Dr. Alinader Minalang said, “We don’t want outbreaks in our province, and it is important that we should aim to cover all qualified children to get the vaccines.”

Parents and caregivers are urged to immunize children against measles, rubella, and polio using free public vaccinations, according to vice governor Mohammad Khalid Raki-in Adiong.

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