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PB calls on gov’t leaders to support mass immunization activity

| by: Lee De la Cerna

The Cebu Provincial Board passed a resolution on Aug. 29 requesting all mayors, vice mayors and members of the local legislative councils in all component cities and municipalities of Cebu to support the Measles, Rubella and Oral Polio Vaccine Mass Immunization (MR OPV MI) activity of the Department of Health (DOH) during the month of September.

The resolution, which was sponsored by Provincial Board (PB) Member Jude Thaddeus Durano-Sybico   recognizes the DOH program that started last Sept. 1.

The purpose of the immunization is to interrupt transmissions of measles and rubella in the country and to protect the children from the consequences of importation of wild poliovirus.

DOH has a strong history of conducting measles campaigns and maintaining high routine coverage with measles vaccine. The last measles mass immunization was in 2011 and the country had significant reduction in measles and rubella transmission in 2012.

In year 2013, measles has begun to spread around the country leading to some significant outbreaks. DOH decided to conduct a mass immunization activity to eliminate and control these childhood diseases.

The MR OPV mass immunization will be conducted by municipal health workers, barangay health workers and volunteers in every community (purok, block, sitio, and zone).  Each place will have a least one fixed site immunization post open for the whole day starting at 8 a.m.

Children ages nine to 59 months will be given MR vaccines while those from ages zero to 59 will have the OPV vaccines.