CHO targets 100% coverage for school-based immunization PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 11:41

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

The City Health Office (CHO) is intensifying its efforts to include in its coverage a targeted 222 schools in its school-based immunization program.

City Health Officer Rodelin Agbulos on Monday said the program will target 179 elementary schools and 43 high schools in a bid to protect students from tetanus and diphtheria, measles, and rubella.

To date, Agbulos reported a 43% accomplishment for the elementary schools immunization, with 7,284 out of a target 16,905 students immunized, and 67% for secondary schools immunization, with 11,234 out of 16,869 students immunized.

“We have until the end of August to be able to get the 100%,” Agbulos said. August has been designated as the school-based immunization month.

To accomplish the set targets, barangay health nurses, midwives, and medical officers are being mobilized and deployed from school to school to maximize coverage.

“We are concentrating on the school-based immunizations for one month,” Agbulos said, explaining the periodic absence of medical personnel from barangay health centers this August.

A part of the national program on immunization by the Department of Health, the school-based immunization will cover Grade 1 and Grade 7 students.

Grade 1 students will be injected with tetanus diphtheria and measles vaccine while Grade 7 students will receive the tetanus diphtheria, measles, and rubella vaccines.— Jasmine Mohammadsali