CAMIGUIN (PIA)—Despite the COVID-19 health crisis, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Camiguin continues to provide newborn children protection from vaccine-preventable diseases through routine childhood immunization offered in local hospitals and health centers, a health officer here said.
Camiguin Vaccine Czar Conrado F. Odchigue said the local government has abided by the guidelines on the conduct of routine immunizations alongside COVID-19 vaccination as stated in Department Memorandum 2021-0383 issued by the Department of Health (DOH). In its localized implementation, Camiguin PHO was able to vaccinate a total of 1,100 newborn children in the past year.
"Ang atong overall goal gyud ani is to reduce mortality or [hospitalization] tungod sa vaccine-preventable diseases (Our overall goal is to reduce mortality or hospitalization due to vaccine-preventable diseases)," Camiguin Vaccine Czar Conrado F. Odchigue said.
Routine immunization begins immediately after childbirth, wherein newborns are given the bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine for tuberculosis and the hepatitis B vaccine.
Initial doses of the oral Polio vaccine (OPV), pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, and the pentavalent vaccine for diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, influenza B and hepatitis B are given within the first 6 weeks, and second and third doses within the 10th and 14th week.
Furthermore, newborns receive their first and second doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine during their 9th and 12th months respectively.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Gretchen L. Cabalang encouraged mothers to have their children vaccinated, as these vaccines are safe and supported by extensive research and testing. She added that local hospitals here employ strict storage and handling measures to maintain the effectiveness and safety of these vaccines. (GDA/PIA-10/Camiguin)