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NorCot health workers, volunteers immunize 318,000 children

HEALTH • 02:35 AM Tue Oct 21, 2014
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NorCot health workers go house to house in vaccination

KIDAPAWAN CITY - The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) today reported it immunized more than 300,000 children during theMeasles Rubella Vaccine (MRV) and Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) mass
immunization.Dr.
Eva Rabaya, North CotabatoIntegrated Health Officer, disclosed that a total of
318,982 babies and young children were given MRV-OPV within the 30-day
vaccination campaign period.

From
this total, 149,214 were children 9-59 months old immunized with MRV (95.49% of
156,257 eligible population) while 169,768 were children were babies 0-59 months
old immunized with OPV (92.60% of 183,319).

Rabaya
also disclosed that the overall number of immunized babies and young children
this September is parallel to the mass vaccination conducted in 2012 where the
DOH targeted around 90-95% of the eligible population of babies.

We
are happy to attain a high number of immunized babies here in Cotabato
Province. The high turnout only means that parents and caretakers are already
aware of the ill-effects and danger of measles and polio,” Rabaya said.

The
Municipality of Midsayap has the highest number of immunized babies with a
total of 15,479 for 9-59 months old (MRV) and 18,266 for 0-59 months old (OPV).

Pikit came second with a total of 15,387 babies 9-59 month old (MRV) and 14,595 babies
0-59 months old (OPV) and Kidapawan City was third with 13,528 babies 9-59
months old (MRV) and 12,804 babies 0-59 months old (OPV).

North CotabatoGov. Emmylou
Lala” J. Taliño-Mendoza has appealed to all sectors to support DOH endeavor
to eliminate two leading causes of death among babies and young children.

To save the lives of our children
we have to work hand in hand in convincing parents and caretakers to have their
babies immunized with MRV and OPV,” Mendoza said.

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