DOH12 is widely expected to meet the polio vaccine target

On target. Health workers are administering oral polio vaccine to children as part of the second round of “Sabyang Patek Contra Polio” released in Region 12 (Soxburg). The Department of Health (DOH) -12 said it was happy to meet 95% of the 575,000 identified eligible children under the age of five or below with immunization coverage. (Photo from DOH-12’s Facebook page)

General Santos City – Health officials in Region 12 (Saxergen) are hoping to meet 95 percent of coverage in the second round of a massive immunization campaign against polio.

Dr. Erastus Tan, director of the Department of Health (DOH) -12, said Thursday that his vaccination teams had collected more than 575,000 in the first three days of the “Subway Patrick Contra Polio” that began last Monday. The targets covered about 60% of eligible children.

The second round of vaccination campaigns will end on February 2.

He said Sultan Kadrat Province has the highest immunization coverage so far at 62.37%, followed by North Kotabato 61.85%, General Santos 58.76%, Cotabato City 55.03%, Sarangi 51.57%, and South Cotabato 51.47%. Is.

The teams are working double-time to ensure that children five years old or younger will be vaccinated against polio, Tan said.

He said he has set up immunization sites in strategic public areas, such as outposts, churches and shopping malls, to meet mobile teams from door to door.

“The coverage of 95 percent and above vaccinations means that children in our communities are less at risk of getting the disease,” he told reporters.

Tan acknowledged that because of five confirmed cases of polio, the region is included in areas that are being closely monitored by the DOH headquarters and the World Health Organization.

He said the reported cases were from Sultan Kadarat, Kota Batu City, and the cities of Colombo and Lambong in Madiap, North Kota Batu.

He said the latest case, involving a seven-year-old child, was from a village in the city of Colombo.

Samples taken from the child turned out to be positive based on certification tests from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

The team said health monitoring and hygiene teams are determining how the baby was affected.

“They are examining whether it was caused by contaminated water supply and other possible factors,” he added. (PNA)

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