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
(full story - 09.01.14)