Measles immunization extended Print
Saturday, 24 March 2018 17:30

By RG Antonet Go

The local government-sponsored immunization program implemented to arrest a measles outbreak in Zamboanga City has been extended until April 13.

Dr. Dulce Miravite, City Health Officer, said that the extension was decided on to reach 95% of the children being targeted by the CHO under its outbreak response immunization program.

The measles immunization program was initially scheduled from February 19 to March 23.

Miravite said that another round of immunizations will be implemented by health workers from April 2 to 13 to accommodate children who have not been immunized.

During the first phase of the program’s implementation, health workers found out that more than a thousand parents refused to have their children immunized due to the Dengvaxia scare.

At present, a total of 1,700 have refused to have their children immunized, based on CHO statistics.

Health workers are continuing to persuade the parents to have their children immunized.

Meanwhile, of the 121,000 children being targeted by the government, only 70,000 representing 60% of the target population has underwent vaccination.

Miravite is hopeful that they will be able to meet their target during the last day of the program in April.  (RGAAGo)