THE Department of Health (DOH)-Central Visayas reminded the public that while the community is at war with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, it should also not lose sight of its fight against other types of vaccine-preventable diseases.
Dr. Jaime Bernadas, DOH-Central Visayas director, said the DOH is also currently in the middle of a campaign against diseases like measles, rubella, and poliomyelitis.
The campaign is dubbed as the Measles-Rubella, Oral-Polio Vaccines Supplementary Immunization Activity (MR OPV SIA) that started on February 1 until February 28, 2021.
He reminded their partners in the provinces, cities, and municipalities to support and ramp up efforts for the MR OPV SIA as the region’s accomplishment is still in the lowest yet.
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Bernadas said the region’s coverage is still at 48 percent while the other parts of the country are already at around 60 to 70 percent.
“Kinahanglan kita nga mag-double time. Atong dal-on ang atong mga kabataan 0 to 59 months (old) sa atong mga health centers aron madawat nila ang mga bakuna nga angayan kanila aron malikayan ang vaccine-preventable diseases (We need to work overtime. Let’s bring our children 0 to 59 months old to the health centers to get vaccinated to increase their protection against other types of diseases),” he said. (WBS)