In a bid to ensure a healthier future for the nation, President Duterte has encouraged parents to have their children vaccinated to combat measles, polio, and rubella even during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(RICHARD MADELO / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The President issued the appeal as the Department of Health launched the massive immunization program to promote the protection of children from such diseases. 

“The most important lesson that we are learning from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is that the health risks posed by the spread of communicable diseases must be seriously addressed,” Duterte said in a message posted on DOH’s Healthy Pilipinas page on Facebook. 

“I therefore call on parents of children under five years old as well as the local government leaders and other community stakeholders to support the immunization activity,” he said. 

The President has voiced his “unconditional support” to the DOH, World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund for embarking on the nationwide measles, rubella, and polio supplemental immunization activity.

The immunization program was launched on Oct. 26 and will run until Nov. 26.

“Together, let us safeguard the well-being of our children and ensure a healthier future for our nation. I wish you the best at mabuhay kayong lahat,” the President said. 

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier stressed the importance of the vaccination of children against such diseases, and assured parents that such vaccines are safe. With the first five years of a child formative to his health, Duque noted that illnesses may hamper their growth and maturity.

The health department has also committed to ensure health protocols are followed during the immunization program to avoid the coronavirus transmission. 

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