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DOH-6 lauds Bacolod’s efforts in measles, polio immunization

City Health Office personnel giving a measles shot to a child in Bacolod City* PIO photo

The Department of Health – Western Visayas commended the immunization efforts of Bacolod City, under the “Chikiting Ligtas” regionwide campaign.

In its evaluation report on Monday, the DOH-Region 6, through regional coordinator Adrian Hort Ramos, lauded the Bacolod City Health Office for observing the Covid-19 Referral and Triage protocols in conducting the vaccination activities, a press release from the city said.

“Chikiting Ligtas” – that runs from Feb. 1 to 28 – is a health campaign for the measles-rubella and oral polio vaccine supplemental immunization of the DOH.

Ramos said the practice of providing health declaration cards for both the parent and the child participating in the immunization in Bacolod is “very good” as it is in accordance with the Covid-19 Referral and Triage protocol.

“It can help with our infection control,” Ramos said. “The caregivers were properly wearing face masks and face shields. Proper coordination with the barangay was conducted to ensure sufficient space for the vaccination teams and mobilization of barangay tanods in the vaccination flow.”

Information education campaign materials aimed at limiting the number of people staying in vaccination sites, and also containing the contact information of the caregivers, were likewise distributed, the press release said.

“Involvement of the barangay officials was highly visible in all areas. There was also provision of transportation assistance and food assistance for the vaccinators,” Ramos added.

“Chikiting Ligtas” aims to immunize 95 percent of all children aged 9 to 59 months with measles-rubella vaccines, and all children under 5 years old with oral polio vaccines. “The vaccination campaign acts as preventive measure that guards our children from contracting these highly contagious diseases that lead to grave complications, including permanent disability,” DOH-6 regional director, Dr. Emilia Monicimpo, said, adding: “In our fight against these vaccine-preventable diseases, we need to ensure that no child is left unvaccinated.”*

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