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Quirino health officials spearhead "Knockout Tigdas 2007"

DIFFUN, Quirino (September 24) -- The Provincial Health Office is set to carry out the Knockout Tigdas (KOT) 2007 which will start on October 15 up to November 15 this year. The KOT 2007 is a priority health program of the Arroyo administration to combat the spread of measles virus in all communities in 2008.

In the planning and orientation workshop at Winsure Internet Café, September 21, the Public Health Nurses, Chief Nurses of the different district hospitals, midwives and DOH representatives had planned various activities such as alay lakad, household teachings, bench conferences to be conducted to launch the KOT 2007.

Letty Lozano, chief nurse of the Quirino Provincial Hospital said a total of 17,380 children aged 9 months to 4 years in the province will be given anti measles vaccine from October 15 to November 15. The KOT is a sequel of the 1998 Ligtas Tigdas with an initial catch-up immunization for 9-14 years old. In February 2004, a follow up vaccination for 9 months to below 8 years old was conducted.

Lozano said that based on the record of the PHO, there were no reported cases of death caused by the disease. The PHO is serious in its mission to maintain the zero incidence of mortality and morbidity caused by measles, the chief nurse added.

The vaccination will be done on door to door basis or in hospitals, health centers, barangay health stations and barangay halls. Aside from giving anti measles vaccine, vitamin A capsule and deworming drugs will also be distributed.

The vaccines and other paraphernalia for the KOT will be provided by the Department of Health (DOH) through the Local Government Unit (LGU). Local donors shall also be tapped to provide other needs such as cotton buds, alcohol, scissors and others.

The KOT will be launched by the six municipalities of the province starting October 1 to 15. (PIA Quirino) [top]

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