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Bulacan supports DOH's campaign against measles and polio
Friday, 29 August 2014
CITY OF MALOLOS – In support to the Department of Health's Ligtas Pinas: Measles Rubella Oral Polio Vaccine Mass Immunization Activity (MR-OPV MI) Program, the Provincial Government of Bulacan will launch the “Batang Bulakenyo, Iligtas natin sa Tigdas at Polio” come September 1-30, 2014 to ensure the health of Bulakenyos.

Simultaneous to the whole country, the PGB will hold its kick off ceremony at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium catering to employees’ children on September 1 to be followed by the province wide opening at SM City Marilao on September 2.

The program aims to vaccinate all nine-month old babies to five years old children or those who were born from October 29, 2009 to December 1, 2013 to diminish the numbers of Bulakenyo children who may be infected with measles and also to vaccinate all children from birth to five years of age against polio.

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said the activity is necessary because measles cases in the province are still counting and though no reported polio cases, it is essential to maintain that status and prevent future cases.

“Hindi natin titigilang labanan ang mga sakit na lalong nagpapahirap sa mga Bulakenyo kaya dapat maging maalam ang mga magulang kung kailan dapat pabakunahan at ano ang mga bakunang kailangan ng kanilang mga anak,” Alvarado said.

According to the records of the Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO), as of January 2014, there were 289 confirmed measles cases in the province. Last year, there were also two reported Rubella or German measles cases that are harmful to expecting mothers.

In totality, 375,735 children are needed to be vaccinated against measles and 441,081 against polio.

The vaccination teams which are composed of doctors, nurses, midwives, and health volunteers will dedicate special time to implement the said program in all health centers and other assigned areas.

Measles is an infectious disease caused by “measles virus” that can be transmitted through saliva or air. Polio is also a contagious viral illness which can be transmitted by person-to-person through the faecal-oral route or by a common vehicle like food and water and can invade the nervous system that can cause paralysis. Polio and measles which mainly affects young children can cause death in its severe form and complications. ###

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