School-based vaccination drive kicks off in Tacloban
TACLOBAN CITY (CIO) — More than a thousand Grade 7 students of the Leyte National High School (LNHS) will be vaccinated as the Department of Health (DOH) and City Health Office(CHO) conducted on Thursday, September 5, its first school-based immunization program this school year.
Dr. Gloria Fabrigas, Officer-in-Charge of City Health Office (CHO), said that they conducted the first round of the immunization campaign in LNHS because it is one of the biggest public schools in the city with almost 8,000 enrollees.
“Since isa ito sa pinakamalaking schools, we have scheduled a two- day immunization that will last until tomorrow (September 6),” said Fabrigas.
Grade 7 students enrolled in the said school will be vaccinated with Measles and Rubella, and booster shots of Tetanus and Diphtheria (MR-TD) vaccines.
Composed of 7 teams, the CHO hopes to meet its 95% target for the immunization drive.
“Because this is a protection, alam natin that measles is a very highly infectious disease. It can infect 12 to 15 people in just one exposure. That’s why I encourage the parents to give consent as this is for the protection of their children,” Dr. Fabrigas explained.
Meanwhile, next week (except Monday and Wednesday), personnel from CHO and DOH have scheduled to conduct the immunization activity simultaneously in three schools daily to cover all the public schools in Tacloban.
Present during the activity was Chairperson of the Committee on Health Councilor Elvira Casal, National Immunization Program Coordinator Alnelyn Mandras and Dr. Leo Lagado.- C. Merin/CIO
Photos: K.E Napala/CIO