40,000 children in Marikina to get oral polio vaccine from the city gov’t

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  • City Government of Marikina targets to give oral poli0 vaccine to  at least 40,000 children
  • Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro said it intends to ensure the safety of the young Marikeños
  • DOH announced earlier that poli0 has become a re-emerging disease in the Philippines

Parents of children who are five years old and below are encouraged by the City Government of Marikina to have their kids vaccinated against poli0.

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Marikina Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro said his administration targets to vaccinate at least 40,000 children, in a bid to protect them from poli0; which has become a re-emerging disease in the Philippines.

“Ito’y initiative na natin, ng ating komunidad, na magkaroon ng oral poli0 vaccination. Dalawang patak sa bibig ng mga batang five years old pababa,” said Teodoro, assuring his constituents that the vaccine is safe and will, in fact, protect them from the aforementioned infecti0us disease.

The city government has already started its vaccination drive earlier this week; right after the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund asked the local government units in the Philippines to help promote poli0 vaccination.

“Mahal po natin ang ating mga anak. Bilang ama ng lungsod na ito, ayaw ko po na makita ang ating mga anak na may poli0,” he noted.

Earlier, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed that poli0 is now a re-emerging disease in the Philippines; 19 years after the Philippines was declared poli0-free by the World Health Organization in 2000.

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Polio is an infecti0us disease that spreads rapidly and causes paralysis. There is no cure for this and it can only be prevented with multiple d0ses of polio vaccines that have long been proven safe and effective.

At present, the DOH is in close coordination with local government units and concerned national agencies and is supported by the WHO, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and other partners. It is preparing a rapid response to the outbreak; including a series of synchronized oral vaccinations beginning in October 2019.

“We str0ngly urge parents, health workers, and local governments to fully participate in the synchronized polio vaccination,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said, “It is the only way to stop the outbreak and to protect your child.”

He also remind the public “to practice good personal hygiene, wash their hands regularly, use t0ilets, drink safe water, and cook food thoroughly.”

Sources: Marikina PIO, Kicker Daily News