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In this cap­i­tal city, the vac­ci­na­tion was per­formed on chil­dren com­ing from all five ru­ral health units whose ages range from 9 to 59 months old. JE, a vi­ral in­fec­tion that is spread through mos­quito bites and might cause hu­man dis­abil­ity and fa­tal­ity, is pre­vented through vac­ci­na­tion, a way which has been used by var­i­ous coun­tries for three decades now, ac­cord­ing to DOH.

Na­tional Ex­panded Pro­gram on Im­mu­niza­tion Co­or­di­na­tor Dr. Wilda Silva re­marked that the vac­ci­na­tion launch is usu­ally held in March, in prepa­ra­tion for the wet sea­son, when cases of JE are preva­lent to chil­dren.

“Kaya natin napili na gawin ang pag­babakuna tuwing Marso ay dahil tu­mataas ang kaso ng JE tuwing rainy sea­son. So, bago pa lang tu­maas yung af­flicted or magkakasakit ng JE, ay mabi­gay na natin yung wastong pro­teksyon (We chose to do the vac­ci­na­tion ev­ery March since JE cases rise dur­ing the rainy sea­son. So even be­fore the num­ber of af­flicted or would be af­flicted in­creases, we must al­ready give the proper pro­tec­tion),” ex­plained Silva.

For his part, Mayor Ed­win “EdSa” San­ti­ago en­cour­aged ev­ery par­ent in the city to sup­port the cam­paign to­wards com­bat­ting the spread of JE in the city.

“Ibin­ababa na ang vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram sa mga health cen­ters natin. Katuwang natin ang City Health Of­fice kaya yung mga mag­u­lang, in­aanyaya­han natin na ipabakuna yung mga bata sa at­ing mga cen­ters. Malaki ang at­ing mai­iaam­bag sa as­peto ng kalusugan kung tayo ay susunod (We are now cas­cad­ing the vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram in our health cen­ters. To­gether with the City Health Of­fice, we are en­cour­ag­ing par­ents to have their chil­dren vac­ci­nated in our cen­ters. It will be a great con­tri­bu­tion to our health pro­gram if we fol­low),” said San t i ago.

Fol­low­ing the launch, the vac­ci­na­tion will now be avail­able to all health cen­ters in the city for the whole month of March. Also present dur­ing the ac­tiv­ity were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, DOH-3 Di­rec­tor Ce­sar Cas­sion, and City Health Of­fi­cer Dr. Eloisa Aquino, to­gether with health per­son­nel from all seven prov­inces in the re­gion.— CSF-CIO

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