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The “Pam­panga Oplan Alis Tig­das” ini­ti­ated by Capi­tol with the Depart­ment of Health (DOH) and Of­fice of the Civil De­fense (OCD) was at­tended by 2,000 barangay of­fi­cials, Nanay Com­mu­nity Work­ers (NCWs), barangay health work­ers (BHWs) and RHU pres­i­dents at the Bren Z. Guiao Con­ven­tion Cen­ter here on Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the lady gov­er­nor, it is the obli­ga­tion of the lead­ers in the grass­roots level to uti­lize their peo­ple, es­pe­cially in this kind of sit­u­a­tion, wherein the lives of chil­dren are at risk.

The barangay front­lin­ers were briefed on the du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the measles task force in ev­ery lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit.

At present, 19 chil­dren had died from measles, which is alarm­ing, ac­cord­ing to the gov­er­nor. She re­it­er­ated the im­por­tance of vac­ci­na­tion for the kids.

Pro­vin­cial Health Of­fi­cer Dr. Marcelo Jaochico ex­plained how se­ri­ous measles is. He also briefed the at­ten­dees on the dan­ger of Ja­panese En­cephali­tis.

Mean­while, sen­a­to­rial can­di­date Pia Cayetano also graced the launch where she her story about her child who died from not re­ceiv­ing vac­cine and treat­ment, due to lack of avail­abil­ity. She said peo­ple must not to wait for a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent to hap­pen.

“Do not let any par­ent lose his or her child again,” she said.

For his part, Vice-Gov­er­nor Den­nis “Delta” Pineda said this must be taken se­ri­ously, stress­ing that the ini­tia­tives will al­ways start at home.

Mean­while, Pro­vin­cial Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fi­cer Angie Blanco also in­formed the at­ten­dees on the ag­gres­sive­ness of the province in re­sponse to the measles out­break in the re­gion.

Also at­tend­ing the event were Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lalaw­igan mem­bers and OCD Re­gional Di­rec­tor III Mar­lou Salazar.

— Leah Isidro De Fi­esta/Pam­panga PIO

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