- City Government of Marikina targ
ets to give oral poli0 vaccin eto 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 dis ease 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 vaccin
ated against poli0.
Marikina Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro said his administration targets to vaccin
ate at least 40,000 children, in a bid to protect them from poli0; which has become a re-emerging dis ease in the Philippines.
“Ito’y initiative na natin, ng ating komunidad, na magkaroon ng oral
poli0 v accin ation. 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 in fecti0us dis ease.
The city government has already started its v
accin ation 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 v accin ation.
“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 H
ealth (DOH) confirmed that poli0 is now a re-emerging dis ease in the Philippines; 19 years after the Philippines was declared poli0-free by the World H ealth Organization in 2000.
io is an in fecti0us dis ease that spreads rapidly and causes par alys is. There is no cur e for this and it can only be prevented with multiple d0ses of pol io v accines that have long been proven s afe 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 outbr
eak; including a series of synchronized oral v accin ations beginning in October 2019.
“We str0ngly urg
e parents, h ealth workers, and local governments to fully participate in the synchronized pol io v accin ation,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said, “It is the only way to stop the outbr eak and to protect your child.”
He also remind the public “to practice good personal hygiene, wash their hands regularly, use t0ilets, drink saf
e water, and cook food thoroughly.”
Sources: Marikina PIO, Kicker Daily News