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Bulacan intensifies Polio immunization, joins national "Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio"
By: PPAO
Friday, 10 July 2020
CITY OF MALOLOS- The Provincial Government of Bulacan prepares the community for the implementation of the activity come August after the Department of Health announced to resume the Synchronized Polio Immunization Campaign in Central Luzon dubbed as "Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio", in close coordination with the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund.

The immunization schedule including Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays will start from August 03-16, 2020 for round one phase two in the whole Bulacan except from the City of San Jose del Monte which is scheduled from July 20-August 02, 2020, while round two is scheduled on September 07-20, 2020 for the whole Central Luzon.

According to the Provincial Health Office-Public Health, the Fully Immunized Children (FIC) Accomplishment of Bulacan in 2019 is 62%, which is way lower from the national target that is 95%.

"We have cascaded Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio to three cities and 21 municipalities in the province to prepare them for the immunization. We believe that by this we can meet the target, and because the vaccination will cover all children 0-59 months old regardless of immunization status in the community, all missed children in the past years will be addressed," Gov. Daniel R. Fernando said.

Fernando also shared that the said campaign is one of the essential health services needed to be delivered promptly and because the country is amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, this mass immunization campaign shall push through with strict infection control precautions to be followed by all health workers and the community such as wearing of masks, disinfection, temperature check, and physical distancing.

"Vaccination is the best way to prevent the disease and its transmission. Sustained synchronized efforts of all must be ensured," Fernando said.

The campaign aims to boost immunization against polio by giving doses of Monovalent Oral Polio Vaccine Type 2 (mOPV2) to all children under five years of age and to ensure interruption of polio virus transmission, at least two successive rounds of Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio will be done, each with an aim of at least 95% coverage to guarantee that no child is left behind.

Moreover, the DOH is appealing for the participation of all parents, health workers, Barangay Officials, and Local Government Units, for the implementation of a quality campaign to successfully end the outbreak, intensify Acute Flaccid Paralysis Surveillance as evidence of contained transmission, reiteration of Zero Open Defecation practices, and strengthening of environmental sanitation and personal hygiene.###

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