Press Release #43/May 16, 2023
The Department of Health (DOH) – Ilocos Region posted a 54% accomplishment rate or 226,075 vaccinated out of the 416,762 target children for the on-going Measles Rubella - Oral Polio Vaccine Supplemental Immunization Activity or the “Chikiting Ligtas 2023” since the start of the campaign on May 1, 2023, based on the unofficial quick count of the regional office.
Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco extended appreciation to all local government units for their continuing effort to seek out every eligible child in the communities. “We still have two more weeks to meet or even exceed our target and let us do our best to immunize all 0-59 months old.”
“Siguraduhin po natin na lahat ay mabibigyan ng proteksiyon at walang maiiwanan upang ang ating mga bata ay lumaking ligtas at malusog sa anumang sakit,” Sydiongo added.
According to the latest MR-OPV SIA Bulletin No.4. the province of Ilocos Sur has provided measles vaccine to a total of 80.12% or 37,118 children out of the 46,330 target children; Ilocos Norte has 55.71% or 22,602 out of the 40,573; Pangasinan with 50.66% or 129,992 out of the 256,615; and La Union – 48.20% or 6,878 out of the 14,269 target.
For the oral polio vaccine, the province of Ilocos Sur accomplished 66.08% of its target or 6.096 out of the 9,225 eligible children; Pangasinan with 53.50% or 66,403 out of 124,110; Ilocos Norte has 53.12% or 7,005 out of 13,186; La Union – 53.04% or 14,496 out of 27,328; and Dagupan City with 47.04% or 7,941 out of 16,754 target.
Four municipalities in Ilocos Sur, namely Magsingal (113.01%), Santo Domingo (110,75%), Sa Ildefonso (96.52%) and Santa (95.23%), have already exceeded the 95% MR target set by the DOH to provide protection from vaccine-preventable diseases including measles, rubella, and polio to children 0-59 months old and avert any possible outbreak of measles cases in the country.
Sydiongco called on all parents and guardians of children 0-59 months old to bring them to vaccination centers for vaccination.
“Patuloy din po ang house-to-house na bakuna para sa mga hindi makakapunta sa mga health center natin. Tangkilikin po natin ang mga bakunang binibigay ng ating gobyerno dahil ito po ay libre, ligtas at siguradong epektibong panlaban sa sakit,” she assured.