Over 500 kids receive anti-polio vaccine in Davao

Subscribe Now October 15, 2019 at 02:56pm

Over 500 children received the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) for the first two hours of the "Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio" during the nationwide anti-polio immunization drive on Monday.

Hundreds of parents together with their children trooped to the city health centers and malls here in Davao City for the anti-polio immunization.

Davao City Health Office (CHO) head Dr. Josephine Villafuerte said this will only be the first of a series of OPV immunization drive of the city government. She added that the health office will give OPV to children until the end of the week.

Villafuerte said the city government is targeting a 100-percent immunization rate for children 5 years old and below.

Though there is no polio case recorded in the city, Villafuerte said, it did not mean that Dabawenyos should be complacent following the type 2 poliovirus found in the water sample taken from the Davao River last month.

“We still reiterate our call to all the parents to please let your children be vaccinated. Open your doors to our personnel for vaccination,” Villafuerte said, adding that the campaign will run for the entire week.

The CHO head said she is hoping that the parents will not wait at the end of the week to have their children vaccinated in the centers and/or malls or to the nearest private and public hospitals.

The vaccination will be given free including those given in the private since the OPV vaccine for type 2 poliovirus comes from the Department of Health (DOH), Villafuerte said.

In 2015, the wild poliovirus type 2 was already declared eradicated. It only resurfaced in August this year.

Source: mb.com.ph

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