- A barangay in Pasig City will distribute groceries to the families of the first 100 children who’ll get vaccinated with Oral Po
lio Vacc ine
- Barangay San Antonio Chairman Raymond Lising said each parent will receive a bag of biscuits, milk, and other healthy snacks
- DOH announced earlier that
poli0 has become a re-emerging concern in the Philippines
To encourage parents to have their children vaccinated against polio, a barangay in Pasig City will distribute groceries to the families of the first 100 kids who received sh0ts of Oral Po
lio Vacc ine (OPV) last October 14.
“We want all the children aged zero to five years old to get vaccinated of all the doses of the OPV so that they will be protected from the po
lio vi rus. This is the reason why we came up with the Healthy Grocery Items for the First 100 Kids, to encourage parents to have them v accin ated,” Barangay San Antonio Chairman Raymond Lising said. “We already have a list of all those who have received the v accine s. Somewhat like an attendance to keep track of the recipients.”
During the synchronized v
accin ation, Lising together with the Barangay San Antonio v accination team and the Philhealth Local Health Insurance Office Pasig NCR South went from house to house and administered OPV to children in the barangay.
The first 100 kids who got vacc
inated will get a healthy package before the end of October.
“The package to be given includes biscuits, milk, and other snacks. Its distribution is before the end of October,” he said. “I extend my sincerest gratitude to all the donors for making this program memorable, especially to the children.”
Barangay San Antonio targets to administer OPV to around 1,000 children in its area.
Earlier, the Department of H
ealth (DOH) confirmed that poli0 is now a re-emerging concern 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 eas e 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.
“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: Barangay San Antonio release , Kicker Daily News