CHO vaccinates over 40,000 students under SBI program PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 September 2017 14:18

By RG ANTONET GO

The City Health Office (CHO) has vaccinated a total of 43,258 school children during their School-Based Immunization (SBI) program from August 1 to August 31, this year.

Corazon Pagotaisidro, CHO immunization program coordinator, said in an interview that public school students from Grade 1, Grade 4, and Junior High School, Grade 7 were the beneficiaries of their free immunization.

For Grade 1, they vaccinated 16,819 pupils with Tetanus Diphtheria and Measles vaccine. 99 percent of the target number of students to be vaccinated which is 17,019.

For Grade 7, they vaccinated 17,999 students with Tetanus Diphtheria and Measles vaccine. 95 percent of the target number of 18,987 school children.

For Grade 4, 8,440 students were vaccinated with HVP vaccine. 91 percent of the target 9,248 school children.

According to Pagotaisidro, the office did not get 100 percent accomplishment as some of the students already dropped out of school while 1 percent of the parents refused to have their children immunized.

“We have good information dissemination plus with the help of the media and with the cases of diphtheria, ya abri el pensamiento del maga parents to submit conel diila maga anak for immunization,” Pagotaisidro said.

She also said that for those who missed their immunization, they can still go to their respective health centers to avail the free medical service.

During last year’s SBI, the office only vaccinated 91 percent of the school children which is more or less 29,000.

The objective of the SBI is to protect the target population from Tetanus Diphtheria, Measles, and Cervical Cancer which are now vaccine preventable. (R.G.AA. Go)