Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando and Vice Governor Alexis Castro led the two-day orientation on Measles Rubella-Oral Polio Vaccine Supplemental Immunization Activity (MR-OPV SIA) before 1,138 Barangay Captains and Sangguniang Kabataan Chairmen in the province.
The orientation aimed to intensify the active participation of barangays in the conduct of MR-OPV SIA for children 0-59 months old prior to its implementation on May 1-31, 2023, which also includes vitamin A supplementation among children under 5 years old.
Fernando encouraged all barangay officials, workers, volunteers and health practitioners to promote the said campaign to help curb the virus transmission and eventually, assist in the long-term goal of eliminating measles in the country as well as averting an outbreak.
“Tayo po ay nananawagan sa mga magulang, sa mga lingkod bayan, sa mga volunteer na pabakunahan po ninyo ang inyong mga anak dahil ito po ay proteksyon nila laban sa tigdas, polio at sa iba pang sakit.”
“Tayo po ay nananawagan sa mga magulang, sa mga lingkod bayan, sa mga volunteer na pabakunahan po ninyo ang inyong mga anak dahil ito po ay proteksyon nila laban sa tigdas, polio at sa iba pang sakit. Huwag po tayong matakot sa bakuna dahil ito pong ipagkakaloob sa inyong mga anak o kapatid ay ligtas at garantisado,” the governor said.
He also shared the best practices of the province in terms of supporting and implementing the National Immunization Program (NIP) that includes active and continuous health teaching in the community on the importance of routine immunization among children through inclusion of awareness lecture during Damayan sa Barangay; inclusion of routine immunization, catch up vaccination, and utilization of different media platforms for information dissemination such as Galing Bulacan TV Program, Radyo Kapitolyo, Province of Bulacan and PHO-PH Facebook Pages and other social media accounts; implementation of Reaching Every Purok Strategy and Sulok to improve immunization coverage through Sangguniang Kabataan as focal person in information dissemination; continuous/uninterrupted weekly routine immunization services to Rural Health Units and Barangay Health Stations; intensified health education and promotion to all mothers and caretakers on the importance of securing immunization for their children at all levels; regular trainings provided to health care workers for continuous advancement in knowledge and skills; strong support from LCEs by providing video awareness/key messages and tokens to Fully Immunized Children (FIC); engagement of private sectors in implementation of NIP activity and reporting to partner LGUs; provision of budget for program implementation; and scheduled supportive supervisory visit to of PHO-PH in February to April to strengthen monitoring activities in the four cities and 20 towns in order to reach 95% target of FIC.
“From January 1 to April 8, 2023, a total of 41 suspected measles cases were reported and investigated in Bulacan. “
According to the Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU), from January 1 to April 8, 2023, a total of 41 suspected measles cases were reported and investigated in Bulacan.
This is 720% higher compared to the same period last year where only five suspected cases were recorded.