The discovery of a type 2 vaccine-derived poliovirus from the sample water taken from the Davao River last month by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) intensified the city’s vaccination drive to stop the spread of polio virus in the city.
The regional office of the Department of Health (DOH) in partnership with the City Government of Davao and the City Health Office (CHO)kicked off on Monday, October 14, the city’s intensified anti-polio vaccination drive in Barangay 5-A Gym in Bankerohan.
The activity aims to immunize 1,100 kids in two weeks from zero to 59 months (under 5 years old) in the said barangay.
DOH Regional Director Dr. Annabelle P. Yumang said the activity was the first round of the activities for the “Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio” to be conducted in Davao City and Davao del Sur until October 27.
“Today is the first activity and there will be simultaneous vaccination in Davao City and Davao del Sur. We appeal to all mothers in Davao City Kung dunay vaccinator musuroy sa inyo panimalay unta pabakunahan inyo anak edad zero to 59 months,” Yumang said.
DOH Undersecretary Dr. Roger Tong-an said the agency is targeting to immunize 100 percent in Davao City and 95 percent nationwide.
“I am appealing na nakuha nato 100 percent coverage ug walay bata mabilin nga wala nabakunahan.Naa mi timailhan nga nabakunahan na kay naa mi tatak sa finger sa bata,” Yumang said.
Julia Rees, a representative from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and who was present during the launch in Davao, said they are working together with the DOH for stopping the circulation of poliovirus.
“To reach our target we need to support everyone,” she said.
Yumang urged the parents to immunize their children as the vaccine is free and safe.
“Ako gi hangyo ang parents na dili mubalibad sa polio vaccine. Dili ta gusto ato future generations will be disabled in the future. Libre ang bakuna, safe, ug dali lang ihatag pinaagi lng sa 2 drops. Kung naa fever ug sipon puwede gihapon hatagan ang bata,” she said.