By: Glen S. Ramos/Benjamin F. Cuaresma
The Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) together with various local governments units of the region today launched the regionwide Measles, Rubella, and Oral Polio Vaccine Supplemental Immunization Activity (MR-OPV SIA).
Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo said that the activity will be targeting children from 9 to 59 months old for the Measles-Rubella vaccine and bivalent Oral Polio vaccine for aged 0-59 months.
“We must seek out these under five children and give them the protection they need. That is why we are closely working with LGUs in the community to ensure that that no child will be left unvaccinated,” Janairo said.
“Kailangang hanapin at mabakunahan ang mga batang hindi pa nabakunahan or yung me mga incomplete doses at kumpletuhim amg kanilang bakuna para sila ay maproteksyonan laban sa measles at polio. Measles is a contagious disease and we can only prevent it by having our children vaccinated. Safe po at epektibo ang mga bakuna natin, kaya wala po tayong dapat ikatakot dito,” he stated.
Janairo is encouraging mothers and caregivers to bring their infants and children 5 years and below to their nearest health centers or designated vaccination posts for them to received their free MR-OPV.
“Hindi natin dapat ipagwalang bahala ang kalusugan ng mga bata kaya kahit tayo ay nasa pandemya kailangang pa ring maihatid at maibigay ang mga serbisyong pangkalusugan na kinakailangan ng ating mga kababayan,” Janairo emphasized.
The simultaneous routine and catch-up immunization kick-off activity were held in Tayabas, Quezon, Lipa, Batangas, Bacoor, Cavite, Sta. Rosa. Laguna and Rodriguez, Rizal.
Community safety protocols against Covid-19 were observed during the activities.
The MR-OPV vaccination will conclude on December 22, 2021. (mtvn)