After almost two weeks of pushing its massive Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) vaccination campaign, the City Health Office (CHO) disclosed that it has already covered 95.6 percent of its 100 percent rate target.
The first round “Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio” campaign was launched last October 14 and only 4.4 percent of the area of Davao City has not availed of the free immunization.
The first round of the synchronized vaccination which aims to eradicate the polio virus in Davao City will end on October 27.
CHO Chief of the Technical Division Dr. Julinda Acosta said children who have not availed of the free vaccine in the first round may still have it during the second and third rounds slated November 25 to December 7, and January 6 to 18, 2020, respectively.
Acosta also appealed to the parents to cooperate with the campaign enabling the City Government of Davao to achieve its goal.
“Hesistant parin yung iba dahil doon sa dengvaxia and yung iba naman ayaw talaga mag cooperate kasi may sarili na daw silang physician,” Acosta, during the I-Speak Media Forum held on Thursday, October 24 at the City Hall of Davao, said.
Mostly of the parents who refused the free vaccination, said Acosta, came from high end subdivisions.
Thus, they directed the city health workers and barangay workers along other volunteers to focus on the less fortunate areas.