Zambo CHO strengthens advocacy on immunization Print
Friday, 25 May 2018 13:52

By dominic i. sanchez

The City Health Office (CHO) and the Department of Health (DOH) have strengthened their advocacy and call for parents to have their children immunized against measles.

This, after noting that there are still a lot of parents who refused to have their children immunized.

“We cannot force them. If they refuse; they sign a waiver instead,” said CHO Health Education and Promotions Officer Christine Lim.

The measles outbreak was declared in February this year after cases soared to more than 1,000 percent compared to the previous year.

Five measles-related deaths were recorded since January.

To help halt the increasing number of cases, the DOH has scheduled a round of supplemental immunization from May 9 to June 8.

CHO has already achieved more than 85% of its target and is pushing for 100% immunization rate.

As per latest report, 100,247 children have been immunized in the city since February.

“We are making a catch-up activity to personally talk with parents, convince them that this is for the good of their children,” Lim stressed.

Some parents are reluctant to have their children immunized due to the Dengvaxiascare.

This poses a challenge to the DOH, a government office which repeatedly emphasizes that the measles vaccine is 100% safe and beneficial to children.

Parents are advised to bring their children aged 6-59 months to the nearest health center for immunization.  (JDP/ DIS-PIA-9-Zamboanga City)