DOH-MIMAROPA reports 94 percent coverage for mass immunization campaign

October 16, 2014 5:18 am 

By Sweetie dela Torre

MANILA, Oct. 15(PNA) — The Department of Health (DOH) in MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan provinces) on Wednesday reported a 94 percent coverage for their recently concluded measles, rubella and oral polio vaccine mass immunization (MR-OPV) campaign for 2014 held from September 1 to October 10, 2014.

“We will continue to provide MR-OPV to children aged 0-5 years old even after the campaign to ensure that all eligible children will be immunized and protected from measles, rubella and polio. We will visit the farthest island areas and provide health services not only to children but to everyone needing medical assistance,” said Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo in a statement.

“Due to the geographical location of the islands and the inclement weather conditions that the delivery of health services in remote island municipalities and barangays were decelerated but still we will endeavor to reach all target children in the region,” Janairo assured as he continues to visit remote island barangays together with local executives and health officials.

This is part of the continued conduct of rapid coverage assessment on MR-OPV to provide further assistance in reaching eligible children for immunization, including the IPs or indigenous people.

Janairo said that province with 100 percent MR vaccine immunization coverage is Occidental Mindoro with 55,897 children (100 percent) followed by Palawan with 97,282 (99 percent); Oriental Mindoro with 77,473 (96 percent); Puerto Princesa City with 26,071 (89 percent); Calapan City with 13,010 (86 percent); Marinduque with 22,306 (84 percent) and Romblon with 27,941 (83 percent).

Palawan province has the highest OPV coverage with 114,435 (99 percent), Occidental Mindoro with 64,133 (98 percent); Oriental Mindoro with 87,274 (92 percent); Puerto Princesa City 30,404 (89 percent); Calapan City with 14,786 (83 percent); Romblon with 32,048 (81 percent); and Marinduque 25,438 (81 percent).

“No children should be left behind. Each one must be reached and immunized and be protected against these diseases that can cause death if not properly treated. Measles, rubella and polio can be prevented only through proper vaccination. Children are our future, let us protect them,” Janairo said.(PNA)

LAM/SDT/UTB

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