DOH Bicol launches mass immunization vs. polio

The Department of Health (DOH) Bicol regional office has started a month-long measles-rubella and oral polio vaccine mass immunization (MR-OPV-MI) 2014 for all children to prevent the spread of polio cases in the region, DOH Regional Director Gloria Balboa said in a press conference held at her office.

DOH Bicol Regional Director Gloria Balboa
Photo: RD Balboa's FB account
This activity is part of the nationwide immunization campaign of the DOH to reduce and interrupt the transmission of measles and rubella in the country and to protect the children from entry into the country of wild polio viruses.

It has for its theme: “Ligtas sa Tigdas, Magkaisa, Magpabakuna.”

Balboa said this campaign had been conducted already in the previous years and the DOH is doing it again to save the lives of the members of the young generation.

This health care service is free immunization for all the children with ages five years old and below to protect and free them not only from measles and polio but also from the dangerous effect of the German measles coming from neighboring countries, she said.

Balboa urged all mothers to bring their children to the nearest barangay health centers and other vaccination posts.

She said that while the Philippines is a polio-free country at present, there is a big possibility that the virus of this German measles from other countries will enter the Philippines.

The DOH official said that measles is very dangerous and a deadly air-borne disease coming from rubeola virus which can affect children through lung complication.

The virus can also infect the ear of the people that can possibly spread to the brain.

Polio is a transmitted disease with a risky virus that can paralyze a person.

This disease is preventable through immunization, proper hygiene and good nutrition to make sure that every child will have strong energy and resistance against the virus of the disease, Balboa pointed out.

She urged all the local chief executives in the region to cooperate and participate in this very important health care service for children.

The health office regional head said her agency will provide technical assistance and logistics that will be used for this mass immunization activity in the entire Bicolandia.

Balboa also asked the tri-media to disseminate the information regarding this free health service. --by Emmanuel P. Solis (PNA) CTB/FGS/EPS/CBD/JSD
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