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Abra health workers vow to improve immunization performance rating

by Maritess Beñas

BANGUED, Abra (28 September) -- The health care providers in the province vowed to improve their low rating of last year's immunization program through the mass immunization campaign dubbed "Knock-Out Tigdas 2007" set to start next month.

This is in line with the national government's call for the implementation of the Millennium Development Goal, which aims in part to provide basic health care services to every Filipino citizen and eradicate the spread of communicable and fatal diseases, one of which is the measles.

In an interview with Dr. Alexei P. Merrero, the Regional Team Leader of the Expanded Program for Immunization in the Department of Health-Center for Community Development – CAR Regional Office, Abra got only 74% performance rating during last year's immunization campaign, the second to the last among the CAR provinces.

Cristeta Turqueza, the provincial nurse coordinator for the immunization program assured full blast immunization campaign this year. She said the DOH-CHD-CAR has already delivered all the materials and medicines like the vaccines and syringes for the immunization on measles, Vitamin A, and de-wormers.

Turqueza disclosed that while the campaign is set from October 15 to November 15, 2007, those in the municipal health units who are now ready to start with the campaign can start earlier. Provided, however, that they have already conducted the orientation of the chairmen of the Sangguniang Bayan health committees, the barangay health workers and daycare workers who are primarily involved in the program.

The expanded program for immunization is a regular program of the Department of Health. The DOH provides the local government units with all the materials needed in the campaign. Because of this, Turqueza is confident the campaign would be a success. However, the local government unit needs to come up with its own counterpart, which is mainly the utilization of their health personnel and vehicles for mobilization during the monitoring of the campaign.

The mechanism of this year's Knock-Out Tigdas is delivered directly to the homes of the families with children aged 9 months to 48 months including those who have already been given their last dose 30 days prior to the activity to insure that there is a blanket coverage of the target population for the program.

The EPI is also a component of the regular Garantisadong Pambata Program of the national government, which is observed during the month of October of each year. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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