CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan: The Department of Health has recognized the high coverage of Bulacan’s Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio Campaign despite the province supposedly having a high number of cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
The campaign is Bulacan’s contribution to Central Luzon’s Polio Outbreak Response.
A total of 647,372 Bulakenyo children were given polio vaccine from July to September of this year.
Records of the Provincial Health Office-Public Health showed a total of 316,566 Bulakenyo children were given the polio vaccine during Round 1 of immunization from July 20 to August 16, 2020, while 330,706 were vaccinated during Round 2 from September 14 to 27, 2020.
Bulacan Gov. Daniel Fernando credited the success of the campaign to the proactive efforts of the provincial government, including health education and promotion, partnership with private pediatric organizations and dedication of health workers.
“Sa gitna ng pandemya, nakikita natin ang kahalagahan ng bakuna. Wala pa po tayong kaso ng polio dito sa ating lalawigan kaya naman po nararapat na paghandaan natin ito. Gumawa na po tayo ng hakbang upang makaiwas at proteksyunan ang buong lalawigan laban sa sakit na ito (Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, we can see the importance of vaccination. We do not have any polio case in Bulacan. We have taken steps to protect us from the disease),” the governor said.
He noted that the oral vaccine administered to the children is free, safe and proven effective against polio.
Polio is a contagious disease that can cause paralysis and can eventually result in death.
Children under five years old are vulnerable to the disease.