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LGUs are advised to promote further child immunization.

The “Chikiting Ligtas” project, a national supplemental vaccination effort to protect children against measles, rubella, and polio, was launched by the Department of Health (DOH) and is being supported by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

According to a statement released Friday by DILG Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr., LGUs are essential to the campaign’s success since they provide the DOH with a list of homes with children under 5 and the barangays with the greatest concentration of eligible youngsters.

In collaboration with the DOH Center for Health Development, barangays, and Sangguniang Kabataan, are instructed to hold orientations, information sessions, and town hall meetings.

Additionally, local government personnel with eligible children (0-59 months old) are encouraged to participate in the vaccination programs. All LGUs are instructed to promote the advantages of routine immunization.

The DOH’s initiative to stop, interrupt, and prevent the spread of measles, rubella, and polio in the nation has the endorsement and recognition of the DILG. We can ensure that the children in our communities are immunized against diseases that can be averted by immunization through the united efforts and activity of our local governments, said Abalos.

Additionally, he urged all interested parties to support the government’s efforts to protect Filipino children once again from diseases that can be prevented by vaccination.

“Vaccines are free, safe, and help keep our children healthy and secure. We are ensuring the younger generation has a bright and healthy future by keeping them up to speed with routine immunizations, said Abalos.

The “Chikiting Ligtas” campaign is a component of the measles-rubella and bivalent oral poliovirus vaccine supplementary immunization activities (MR-BOPV SIA), which aims to speed up the process of catching up with the number of kids who, in whole or in part, missed their routine immunization due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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