SAN JOSE, Antique, Feb. 20 (PIA) — The Antique Provincial Health Office (PHO) has expressed optimism to complete the target population of the Measles-Rubella and Oral Polio Vaccine Supplemental Immunization Activity (MR-OPV SIA) this month.
As per PHO report dated February 15, 2021, a total of 545 barangays or 92 percent out of 590 barangays in Antique have been covered for the MR OPV SIA.
The target for measles-rubella vaccination are children from nine to 59 months old while for the oral polio vaccine, those children aging from 0-59 months old can be immunized.
To note, the PHO has already inoculated 55.78 percent for the measles rubella, and 56.41 percent for the oral polio vaccine, respectively.
Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Leoncio Abiera, Jr. hoped that those who deferred due to being sick will undergo the immunization activity.
“Ang iban kaina nga na-defer patas kara bi nagamasakit currently, amo nga sa entire month dya nga duration balikan dya kay rugya man ang aton nga regional counterpart, they are doing the rapid coverage assessment so ginasuyod gid nanda (Those who deferred due to being sick, they will be assessed by the regional counterpart. They are doing the rapid coverage assessment so they are inspecting them),” Abiera said.
He added that the MR-OPV immunization activity aimed to prevent the resurgence of measles-rubella and polio in the province and to achieve the children’s herd immunity.
“Ga-paspas ang aton nga mga health workers sa kada kabanwahanan nga masipot gid nga matugruan kang bakuna ang aton eligible population kang mga kabataan kay kun madugangan ang bakuna nanda, ma-achieve naton ang herd immunity kag laka ang tsansa nga mag-recur, mag-outbreak pa gid ang measles-rubella oral kag polio (Our health workers in each town are fast tracking to vaccinate the eligible population of the children. If there is an added vaccine, we can achieve herd immunity and there are less chances of recurring and outbreak of measles-rubella oral and polio),” Abiera explained. (LTP/LML-PIA6 Antique)