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Ifugao stakeholders convene to eliminate measles

by Vency D. Bulayungan

LAGAWE, Ifugao (29 September) -- In an effort to eliminate measles circulation in all communities by 2008, the Department of Health conducted an orientation on " Knock out Tigdas" (KOT) to municipal health workers, and other stakeholders on September 26-27 at the Provincial Health Office conference hall here.

Dra. Mary Jane Munoz, Medical Officer IV of the DOH regional Office in the Cordillera said that the immunization is administered from October 15, to November 15, 2007 to all children who are 9 months to four years old.

Aside from the immunization, vitamin A supplementation will be given to 6 - 71 months old and deworming to 12-71 months old.

Munoz disclosed that in order to meet its objective of totally eliminating measles, health workers are obliged to conduct a door to door immunization or other strategies that will ensure the 100% implementation of the program.

The last and final step in the Philippines elimination campaign which will be conducted nationwide, the KOT 2007 is a sequel to the 1998 and 2004 "Ligtas Tigdas" mass immunization campaign.

"Any child older than this age group who did not receive measles vaccination in the past shall also be vaccinated," Munoz said.

Aiming to achieve at least 95% measles immunization coverage of all children born between October 15, 2003 to January 15, 2007, health workers will target a total of 18,437 children in the 11 municipalities here.

DOH documents show that the target clients are as follows: Alfonso Lista 2,415 kids; Banaue-2346, Lamut-2,137, Aguinaldo-1,868, Lagawe-1,742, Mayoyao-1619, Kiangan-1,608, Asipulo-1,402, Tinoc-1,116, Hingyon-1,114, and Hungduan-1,070. Rogelio Padre, Nurse II here briefed and demonstrated to the health workers how the program be administered. (PIA Ifugao) [top]

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