Anti-measles drive launched in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 April 2011 11:34

In a bid to eradicate measles in Zamboanga, Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday spearheaded regional and city health officials in the launching of “Salva! Con el Ciudad na Sarampion”, a month long door-to-door anti-measles immunization campaign in the 98 barangays.

Held simultaneously with other areas in the country, the campaign is in line with the national campaign dubbd “Iligtas sa Tigdas ang Pinas”.

Yesterday’s local launching held at the City Hall grounds after the Monday flag raising ceremony was followed by a motorcade from the city proper to barangay Ayala. Councilor Lilia Nuno, Regional Health Director Aristides Tan, Zamboanga City Medical Center Chief of Hospitals Dr. Romeo Ong and City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos are spearheading the conduct of the activities.

Starting yesterday, April 4 until May 4, health workers and volunteers from the CHO will visit each and every household in the barangays to administer the anti-measles immunization on children aged 9 months old to 8 years old for free.

Mayor Lobregat has appealed on all residents to cooperate and support the program emphasizing that is for the benefit of the children who are considered the future of Zamboanga.

Dr. Agbulos, who coined the local version of the anti-measles campaign, cited the benefits that can be obtained from the month long program stressing that the drive supplements the regular immunization program undertaken by the CHO through the barangay health workers and volunteers.

DOH Regional Director Dr. Aristedes Tan disclosed that a new strain of virus was discovered thus requiring infants and children from 9 months to below 8 years old to be immunized regardless of their immunization status.

The city aims to exceed t he target 95 % coverage for the eligible population.
Zamboanga recorded only 4 cases of measles or patients which exhibit symptoms of the viral disease. The number is very small compared to our neighboring provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur and even some areas in the National Capital Region, where measles outbreaks were recently declared. — Richard Aliangan/City Hall PIO