The Philippine Star

Anti-po­lio vac­ci­na­tion in Lanao Sur starts to­day

- By JOHN UNSON United Nations · New Doha International Airport · Lanao del Sur · Zamboanga Peninsula · Bangsamoro Autonomous Region

LANAO DEL SUR – Po­lice and the mil­i­tary are ready to as­sist the gov­ern­ment in con­duct­ing the an­tipo­lio vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram in Min­danao.

The United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund (UNICEF), in co­or­di­na­tion with the Depart­ment of Health (DOH) and the Bangsamoro Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao, will launch the anti-po­lio cam­paign to­day in Marawi.

The event will mark the start of the anti-po­lio vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram in Lanao del Sur that the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment will im­ple­ment in 39 towns.

“The Army’s 103rd In­fantry Bri­gade (IB) and all of its units will help the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment carry out the ac­tiv­ity,” Maj. Gen. Ciril­ito Sobe­jana, head of the Western Min­danao Com­mand, said on Sat­ur­day.

All is ready for to­day’s sym­bolic start of the prov­ince-wide anti-po­lio ini­tia­tive, ac­cord­ing to pro­vin­cial health of­fi­cer Allen Mi­nalang.

“Is­lam preach­ers in our ranks will help ed­u­cate Maranao com­mu­ni­ties on the im­por­tance of hav­ing the chil­dren vac­ci­nated against po­lio,” Col. Madz­gani Mukaram, chief of the pro­vin­cial po­lice, said.

“Our mu­nic­i­pal po­lice of­fices will help fa­cil­i­tate the vac­ci­na­tion cam­paign in all barangays in the prov­ince,” he added.

Mukaram said they are ready to pro­tect the health work­ers tasked to con­duct vac­ci­na­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in re­mote ar­eas.

Army units in the prov­ince have med­i­cal of­fi­cers who are ready to help the lo­cal gov­ern­ment im­ple­ment the mass vac­ci­na­tion ac­tiv­ity.

Se­cu­rity has been tight­ened in Marawi since Fri­day as part of the prepa­ra­tions for to­day’s pro­gram, which will be at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from UNICEF and the DOH cen­tral of­fice.

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