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Cadiz to launch "Knock Out Tigdas 2007"

by R. Vargas

Cadiz City, Negros Occ. (12 October) -- The City Health Office in cooperation with the Department of Health will conduct a mass immunization program in its 22 barangays dubbed as "KNOCK OUT TIGDAS 2007" starting on October 15, 2007 until November 15, 2007.

All children aging from 9 months to 4 years of age will be given anti-measles vaccine, Vitamin A Capsule and de-worming supplementation by Brgy. Health Workers and nurses, who will be dispatched to the different barangays of the city.

According to the Department of Health, Measles is a highly contagious disease which continues to be one of the leading causes of childhood death in the Philippines. Children who suffer from measles may also experience complications such as pneumonia, encephalitis, blindness, deafness, diarrhea and dehydration.

Mae Barco, Health Education and Promotion Officer III of the CHO said "despite the massive campaign conducted by the DOH since 2004, measles remains to be one of the leading causes of child morbidity and mortality.

For this reason the DOH will once again launch a month long vaccination for 9 million children nationwide."

Mayor Salvador Escalante, Jr., urged the people of Cadiz to come to the nearest Barangay Health Center on the said dates to avail of the free vaccination and Vitamin A supplementation.

Meanwhile, a ceremonial "patak" on Vit. A supplement to 9 months old children was held during the flag raising ceremony in front of the City Hall last October 1, 2007. Present were Mayor Salvador Escalante, Jr., Vice Mayor Samson Mirhan, CHO Officer Dr. Merle Jane Regalado, city officials and government employees. (Cadiz-PIA) [top]

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