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Davor kicks off immunization drive vs. measles, polio

GOVERNOR GENEROSO, Davao Orinetal (PIA) -- The Municipality of Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental, led by Mayor Juanito P. Inojales, hosted the provincial launch of the Measles-Rubella and Bivalent Oral Poliovirus Vaccine (MR-bOPV) Supplemental Immunization Activity (SIA), May 5. 

Dubbed as "Chikiting Ligtas," the launch highlighted the importance of vaccination in preventing the spread of infectious diseases and emphasized the critical role of healthcare workers in promoting public health and safety.

During the event, Davao Center for Health Development Regional Director Dr. Annabelle P. Yumang commended the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental for its proactive approach to public health.

Children aged 6 months to 59 months will receive additional protection against measles and polio as a result of the month-long Chikiting Ligtas campaign, which will be undertaken and implemented throughout the province.

The drive is in support to the national government's ongoing efforts to stop the spread of these diseases, which can result in serious medical issues, including death.

The Department of Health (DOH} and the Provincial Health Office of Davao Oriental encourage parents to bring their children to the closest immunization centers so they can get free measles-rubella and polio vaccines to ensure their protection against these illnesses.

Provincial Health Officer II Dr. Reden V. Bersaldo emphasized the importance of vaccination in ensuring the health and well-being of children and encouraged parents to have their children immunized.

“We will make it convenient for them. We will be visiting houses, barangay centers, and even schools in order to reach children who need these vaccines,” Bersaldo said.

He also thanked the Municipal Health Office of Governor Generoso, led by Municipal Health Officer Dr. Monica Dianne G. Jualo-Añasco, for the successful hosting of the launch of the MR-bOPV SIA.

The event was attended by various government officials and healthcare workers, including the Provincial Administrator Maria Gracia G. Tiago, who represented Governor Corazon T. Nuñez-Malanyaon. (PIA Davao Oriental/PR/Provincial Government of Davao Oriental/Photos by DOH XI)

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