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ARMM health workers' elated with `top performer' feat

HEALTH • 01:10 AM Sun Nov 2, 2014
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By: 
John Unson

COTABATO
CITY - Government medical personnel serving in five isolated southern
provinces considered as a `tap on the shoulder’ the recognition of the health
department of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao as this year’s top
performer for national vaccination programs.

Eye
specialist Kadil Sinolinding, Jr., regional health secretary, told reporters
Friday the central office of the Department of Health has recently judged the DOH-ARMM
as this year’s number one in implementing anti-measles and anti-polio immunization programs.

This
was accomplished despite the security threats that affected the performance of
our health workers, inclement weather and mobilization problems in the islands separated
by areas,” Sinolinding said.
He
said the DOH-ARMM, which covers Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur in mainland
Mindanao, and the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, recorded, as
of October 13, a 102 percent and 101 percent accomplishments in the
implementation of the department’s anti-measles and anti-polio campaigns,
respectively. Sinolinding
said ARMM health workers have administered anti-measles vaccines to 408,746
infants and children from January to October 2014.

He
said 469,660 children were also given anti-polio vaccines during the period.

The
recognition
given to the DOH-ARMM as top performer in carrying out these
vaccination thrusts was enough `tap on the shoulder' of every health
worker in region. That's how people in our ranks feel about it. It’s a
morale booster,” Sinolinding said.
He
said credit also has to go to the office of ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman,
which provided extensive support to hasten the regional government’s
vaccination activities from January to October this year.

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