Barangay San Antonio, Pasig offers groceries to first 100 kids who’ll get vaccinated against polio

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  • A barangay in Pasig City will distribute groceries to the families of the first 100 children who’ll get vaccinated with Oral Polio Vaccine 
  • 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 Polio Vaccine (OPV) last October 14.

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“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 polio virus. This is the reason why we came up with the Healthy Grocery Items for the First 100 Kids, to encourage parents to have them vaccinated,” Barangay San Antonio Chairman Raymond Lising said. “We already have a list of all those who have received the vaccines. Somewhat like an attendance to keep track of the recipients.”

During the synchronized vaccination, Lising together with the Barangay San Antonio vaccination 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 vaccinated 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 Health (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 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.

“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: Barangay San Antonio release , Kicker Daily News