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DOH urges Bicol LGUs to intensify their measles and polio vaccination campaigns.

Local government units (LGUs) in Bicol have been asked to strengthen the execution of the supplemental immunization activity (SIA) for measles-rubella and oral polio vaccine (MR-OPV) that is being carried out this month by the Department of Health in Bicol (DOH-5).

Dr. Ernie Vera, regional director of DOH-5, urged local officials and other stakeholders in a statement to increase their involvement in the MR-OPV by spreading knowledge and understanding about how critical it is to protect children from diseases that may be prevented through vaccination.

Based on a partial unofficial fast count, 48.83 percent of the target population received the measles-rubella (MR) vaccine in Kabikolan during the entire vaccination day on May 12, 2023, at 9 a.m. According to the Department of Health’s Bicol Center for Health Development (DOH Bicol CHD), only 48.83 percent of the target population had received the measles-rubella (MR) vaccine in the Bicol region after eight days of vaccination. The Measles-Rubella Oral Polio Vaccine Supplemental Immunization Activity (MR OPV SIA) has not been completed in all areas of the region, according to the Department of Health’s Bicol Center for Health Development (DOH Bicol CHD),” Vera stated.

In the first 10 days of the immunization campaign, DOH-5 hopes to immunize 85% of the target population.

In the meantime, the agency commended the LGUs and other stakeholders for their work on the MR OPV SIA, particularly the health professionals, for their diligent efforts in the clinics and households, come rain or shine.

Vera urged parents and guardians to get their children aged 0-59 months immunized against polio, rubella, and measles and rubella.

“The vaccination is free, efficient, and safe by science and extensive research by medical professionals. It shields kids from fatal and contagious illnesses, including measles, rubella, and polio. He said to stop by the local health facility for the immunization schedule.

95 percent of the region’s eligible children between 0 and 59 months, or around 1.4 million children, are expected to receive vaccinations under DOH-5.

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