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President Aquino launches nationwide anti-measles, Polio mass vaccination campaign
 

President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday led the launch of the Ligtas sa Tigdas at Polio mass immunization campaign at the San Lazaro Compound in Manila, encouraging the public to participate in the program.
 
Some 11 million to 13 million people in the country are at risk from measles, polio and rubella (German measles), he said, asking the public to cooperate in eradicating the preventable diseases.
 
He said he is glad that the Department of Health (DOH) is carrying out the initiative aimed at preventing outbreaks.
 
"Ito na nga ho ay mga pagbabakuna para mailayo sa kapahamakang madudulot kung tatamaan ng polio o pati na ng measles, lalo na ang kanyang mga komplikasyon," the President said in his speech.
 
"Ngayon, ang Department of Health po ay talagang nakagayak na at binigyan ng sapat na pondo para maipaitupad ‘yung hinahabol nga nating 95 percent na vaccination."
 
The DOH will try its best to reach remote communities to carry out the vaccination program, he said, emphasizing the importance of coordinating with local government units throughout the country to ensure the program’s success.
  He however called on parents to take it upon themselves to have their children vaccinated.
 
"Pakiusap po sa lahat, itong ‘Ligtas sa Tigdas’ na programa natin ay ating suportahan. Doon sa mga hindi pa nakakarinig nitong programang ito, makidamay na po tayong ipaalala sa kanila ang obligasyon natin sa kabataang ito," he said.
 
The nationwide vaccination campaign, which targets 9- to 59-month old children, is a follow-up to the 2011 Measles Rubella Supplemental Immunization. (full story - 09.01.14)


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