Tagum City—In its endeavor to win over the threat of polio virus to Tagumenyo children, the city government of Tagum through the City Health Office (CHO) launched its third installment of vaccination drive last July 20 at the Brgy. Magugpo South covered court.
This, even in the midst of the global health crisis that has since infected over 60 thousand Filipinos and 29 individuals in Tagum.
According to Dr. Roy Ferrer, Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary for Field Implementation and Coordination who was present during the launching, necessary measures following the protocols of COVID-19 were maintained to further assure the parents of the safety of the vaccination process such as temperature check for the vaccinator, proper hand washing and sanitizing as well as the usage of masks.
Moreover, for this year’s activity the one to open up the mouths of the children are their parents. Unlike the past immunizations where it was the vaccinators who were doing it.
Dubbed as Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio (SPKP), this program of the DOH fetched by LGU-Tagum aims to vaccinate 95% of children all around the Philippines since its re-emergence last September of 2019.
To encourage every parents to get immunized instead of fearing the vaccine, the city government’s drive is to instil to them that the vaccine is a gift of life and not a threat that will make their children suffer or even get killed
Tagum’s SPKP aims to target 95% of the 30,141 Tagumenyo children if not 100% to get vaccinated. However, it can be recalled that the previous SKPK tallied a 110.1% rating. This was possible because even children of neighboring towns were also immunized considering the mantra of the DOH –“No child will be left behind.”
Present in the launching were Mayor Allan L. Rellon, DOH Director for Region XI Dr. Annabelle Yumang, Region XI Health Education and Promotion Officer Dr. Yasmine Avila, Region XI Epidemiology Surveillance Unit Head Dr. Cleofe Tabada and the Provincial DOH head Dr. Vergel Bautista. JP Cordovero/CIO Tagum