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Officials lead fight against measles, vit A deficiency

TABUK CITY, Kalinga (20 October) -- Taking the forefront in the fight against measles and vitamin A deficiency among children in the province, local officials led by Governor Floydelia Diasen expressed their full support in the health programs for the children as the province celebrates Children's Month this October.

In cooperation with the Department of Health, Helen Keller International and the Standard Chartered Bank, the provincial government led the province wide launching of the 'Knock Out Tigdas' and Garantisadong Pambata where free measles immunization, Vitamin A and deworming doses were given to children between 9 months to 4 years.

Underscoring the importance of a healthy population, Diasen in her message, urged all concerned agencies and officials to actively participate in the implementation of the on-going program.

"The safety of our children lies in our hands," she said as she urged local officials to "also help in the advocacy" aside from the allotment of funds for the program. It is vital that the people should be aware of the importance of the immunization and to make them know the lifetime effect of illness to their children, she said.

"LGUs should lead the advocacy on the importance of immunization in the early years of a child since some people still don't know that certain sickness could affect the ability of a person to live normally in the future," she stressed as she committed her full support to health programs in the province.

Tabuk City Mayor Camillo Lammawin Jr. also emphasized the importance of a productive citizenry saying that the "youth being the hope of the land should be physically and mentally fit" and this he said should "start with good health care" to be provided by the family with the help of the government and agencies concerned.

For the launching, the provincial government is targeting 20,000 children provincewide as beneficiaries of the free measles immunization, Vitamin A distribution and deworming activity. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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