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Bulacan officials to lead orientation on measles rubella and oral polio vaccine

CITY OF MALOLOS – Bulacan officials will lead the orientation on Measles Rubella Oral Polio Vaccine Supplemental Immunization Activity (MR-OPV SIA) before 1,138 Barangay Captains and Sangguniang Kabataan Chairmen in the province on Wednesday up to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm at the Victory Church here.

The orientation led by no other than Gov. Daniel R. Fernando and Vice Gov. Alexis C. Castro aims to intensify the active participation of barangays in the conduct of MR-OPV SIA for children 0-59 months old prior to its implementation on May 1-31, 2023, which also includes vitamin A supplementation among children under 5 years old.

Fernando encourages all barangay officials, workers, volunteers, and health practitioners to promote the said campaign to help curb the virus transmission and eventually, assist in the long-term goal of eliminating measles in the country as well as averting an outbreak.

“Tayo po ay nananawagan sa mga magulang, sa mga lingkod bayan, sa mga volunteer na pabakunahan po ninyo ang inyong mga anak dahil ito po ay proteksyon nila laban sa tigdas, polio at sa iba pang sakit. Huwag po tayong matakot sa bakuna dahil ito pong ipagkakaloob sa inyong mga anak o kapatid ay ligtas at garantisado,” the governor said during media interview on Wednesday,

He also shared the best practices of the province in terms of supporting and implementing the National Immunization Program (NIP) which includes active and continuous health teaching in the community on the importance of routine immunization among children through the inclusion of awareness lectures during Damayan sa Barangay; inclusion of routine immunization, catch up vaccination, and utilization of different media platforms for information dissemination such as Galing Bulacan TV, Radyo Kapitolyo, Province of Bulacan and PPHO Facebook Pages and other social media accounts.

He added the implementation of Reaching Every Purok Strategy and Sulok to improve immunization coverage through Sangguniang Kabataan as the focal person in information dissemination; continuous/uninterrupted weekly routine immunization services to Rural Health Units and Barangay Health Stations; intensified health education and promotion to all mothers and caretakers on the importance of securing immunization for their children at all levels; regular training provided to health care workers for continuous advancement in knowledge and skills; strong support from LCEs by providing video awareness/key messages and tokens to Fully Immunized Children (FIC); engagement of private sectors in the implementation of NIP activity and reporting to partner LGUs; provision of budget for program implementation; and scheduled supportive supervisory visit to of PHO-PH in February to April to strengthen monitoring activities in the four cities and 20 towns in order to reach 95% target of FIC.

According to Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU), from January 1 to April 8, 2023, a total of 41 suspected measles cases were reported and investigated in Bulacan. This is 720% higher compared to the same period last year when only five suspected cases were recorded. (UnliNews Online)

Manny D. Balbin
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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, founder and editor-in-chief of UNLINEWS ONLINE and UNLINEWS Digital Newspaper, is a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated college with Philosophy and Political Science courses at the University of Santo Tomas, Legazpi City. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, People's Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before, he simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspapers in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). He is the founder and the former editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, both in weekly newspaper and online news. A former Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.
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