SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – Parents are encouraged to beat the deadline for the month-long supplemental immunization (SIA) for measles-rubella (MR) and oral polio vaccine (OPV) by bringing their eligible kids to various health centers.
Antique Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao, in an interview on Tuesday, said she was informed that the province recorded a low turnout for the "Chikiting Ligtas" immunization campaign.
World Health Representative Dr. Sukadeo Neupane and Integrated Provincial Health Officer 1 Leoncio Abiera, Jr met her and shared the information.
“I appeal to parents especially in the far-flung areas to already let your children avail of the vaccination,” she said.
The vaccination will protect children from these diseases, especially from polio that could cause lifetime disability. “Polio could cause a lifetime social deprivation on your children,” Cadiao added.
With the low turnout, health personnel at municipal health offices, rural health centers, and the local government were directed to help in the house-to-house drive so children below 59 months old could be covered.
“The vaccination campaign, which is also free, will only be until February 28,” she said.
Meanwhile, Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) information officer Irene Dulduco said that as of Feb, 21 there are 38,831 children vaccinated with MR, which is equivalent to 68.08 percent only.
The total number of children in the province eligible for MR, aged nine to 59 months old, is 57,041.
For the OPV, 45,470 children were vaccinated or equivalent to 68.26 percent, she added.
Antique has 66,616 children who are zero to 59 months old, the target for the OPV. (PNA)