(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Saturday, 22 June 2024) Southwest Monsoon affecting the western sections of Southern Luzon and Visayas. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from Southeast to South will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

DOH-13 to vax over 500k children against measles, rubella, polio

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BUTUAN CITY -- With the launching of its ‘Chikiting Ligtas’ under the Measles Rubella-bivalent Oral Polio Vaccination Supplemental Immunization Activity (MR-boPV SIA) on Tuesday, May 2, the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga is aiming to vaccinate more than 500,000 children region-wide against measles, rubella, and polio.

Development management officer Cheryl Mary Plaza said that for the campaign, which will run for the entire month of May, a total of 276,101 children ages 9 months to five years old are targeted to be vaccinated against measles and rubella and some 321,546 children ages 0 to five years old will receive bivalent oral polio vaccines.

DOH Caraga will follow a three-phase immunization schedule, targeting at least 85% of the eligible population in the first two weeks of the campaign through intensive and simultaneous vaccination in all barangays through the fixed vaccination posts and temporary vaccination posts erected in strategic areas and house-to-house vaccination. This will be complemented by an intra-campaign monitoring and supportive supervision of vaccination teams in the field and daily mop-ups for missed children. Deferred children and refusals will also be covered in the two-week period following the vaccination teams’ initial visit.

In the third week, deferred children and refusals and missed children will be visited by vaccination teams in order to achieve the vaccination of 90% of the target population. A rapid convenience monitoring will also be conducted to look for missed children.

At least 95% of the target population is expected to get vaccinated by the end of the campaign through further mop-ups and follow-up vaccination for missed children.

Plaza said areas with a high number of eligible population shall prioritize the vaccination of barangays with the highest number of target population to effectively carry out the vaccination.  

Phoebe Demata-Buque, health education and promotions officer of DOH-Caraga, said they will also implement five key strategies to raise awareness of the campaign. These include 1) advocacy and engagement with local chief executives to convince them of the urgency to address the measles and polio situation in the country and take actions to prevent an outbreak; 2) strengthening capacities of frontline workers in communication and engagement to effectively communicate the key messages of the campaign and respond to concerns of parents and caregivers regarding the campaign; 3) engagement of partners and influencers to take actions to support the MR-boPV SIA using their own resources; 4) awareness raising and engagement with parents and caregivers to increase their awareness of the campaign, its schedule, venues, and requirements, and understanding of the threat of these disease, and; 5) media management to report the correct information on the measles and polio situation in the country and disseminate correct information to the general public, including parents and caregivers of children eligible for immunization.

Regional Director Cesar Cassion called on its partner agencies and stakeholders to also take part in advocating for the campaign, stating: “The responsibility is ours. We have to take hold of this, we have to own this up because it is for us, it is for the future of our children, and the future of our family.” (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)