By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH) urged parents to participate in its Synchronized Polio Vaccination drive as it is set to resume the campaign in the National Capital Region on Monday, January 27.
Health Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo said that the polio vaccination drive will be until February 7.
“We hope that their response in our previous rounds, where we met our targets will be the same for this one in Metro Manila. This is very important,” said Domingo in an interview.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that parents should immunize their children age zero to 59 months-old to protect them from the debilitating disease.
“Have your children, including those with private physicians or pediatricians, vaccinated with oral polio vaccine by health workers and ‘bakunators.’ The outbreak must be put to halt, and we can only do this if all our health facilities are achieving the targets,” said Duque.
The DOH recently said that there were 16 confirmed polio cases in the country.
Meanwhile, another round of the polio vaccination drive in Metro Manila is scheduled on March 9 to March 20.
The DOH said that it “aims to achieve at least 95 percent coverage in all identified areas for every SPKP (Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio) round to ensure that there will be no child missed.”