CITY OF MALOLOS – In a meeting led by the Provincial Health Office-Public Health for the assessment of Bulacan Vaccination Logistics Preparedness with the Department of Health Regional Office last Wednesday at the Francisco Balagtas Hall in Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center here, DOH – Central Luzon Center for Health Development lauded the readiness of Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Governor Daniel R. Fernando.
According to the over-all readiness assessment presented by Dr. Hjordis Marushka Celis, Provincial Health Officer II, Bulacan Medical Center have already accomplished 69% of the plan including the thematic areas on planning, coordination and financing; budgeting; prioritization and targeting; service delivery; training; monitoring/supervision; vaccines, cold chain and logistics; safety surveillance and response; demand generation, social mobilization and communication.
Dra. Celis also presented the feedback report from the previous simulation exercise to the DOH representatives to properly address shortcomings experienced during the exercise.
Furthermore, Dra. Leilani Mangunlaban, DOH Chief of Local Health Support Division, commended the progress of the province in terms of preparing the microplan for vaccination.
“Mahalaga po ‘yung mga naipresent niyo na microplan, ito po yung pinaka-essential. Ang microplan po ang magiging key para maging matagumpay po ang ating pagbabakuna. Although 16% pa lang po ang readiness doon sa microplan, sa opinion po namin at this level, magandang simula po iyon,” Mangunlaban said.
She also commended the communication plan prepared by the province.
“I would also like to commend the province for having a very good plan for communication to address vaccine hesitancy and promote vaccine confidence. Magandang foundation po ang magandang communication plan for this vaccination program,” she added.
Meanwhile, Fernando told the DOH that the PGB is open to any recommendation that may improve the province’s vaccination plan.
“Kailan lamang ay nagkaroon tayo ng simulation exercise na naging matagumpay naman po at naipakita natin na ang Province of Bulacan ay may capability naman dito sa pagsasagawa ng vaccination plan. Kung ano man po ang nakikita niyong kakulangan namin ay kayo na po ang bahalang gumabay sa amin. Handa po ang Provincial Government na sumunod sa lahat ng inyong ipag-uutos para sa kaligatasan ng ating mamamayan. Tulong-tulong po tayo,” the governor said.
The PGB is continuously conducting orientations to different sectors and organizations in the province for the demand generation communication and implementation plan to further help the province educate the Bulakenyos. ###