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PIA Press Release
2007/11/16

More Capiz kids protected vs measles

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (16 November) -- More than 46,500 children in Capiz or about 68 percent of the target population have already been immunized against measles.

Deborah Juanico Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) Coordinator of the Provincial Health Office of Capiz, disclosed that the province has 68,383 eligible population for measles and 46,546 of them were already given measles vaccines during the nationwide Knock Out Tigdas (KOT) activity.

Juanico said that some 73,247 of the 115,723 target population or 63.2 percent were given Vitamin A, while 64,671 of the 105,202 or 61.4 percent eligible population were dewormed.

She said that they continue to step up their efforts to catch up with the remaining target children using the door-to-door strategy.

Launched in October 15, the culmination activity of the Knock Out Tigdas in Capiz was held in Maayon town on November 15.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo earlier urged the public to support the government's immunization program.

To ensure that all children have access to immunization services, the President has increased the budget of the Department of Health's (DOH) Immunization Project from P455 million this year to P485 million next year.

The increase will allow a greater number of mothers and their children aged two to five years to have access to immunization of BCG for childhood tuberculosis, Oral Polio Vaccine, measles, Hepatitis B, and diphtheria, pertusis and tetanus (DPT).

Tigdas or measles is a highly contagious disease that affects mostly children, DOH said, adding that children who suffer from measles may experience complications including blindness, deafness, ear infection, diarrhea and dehydration.

Meanwhile, the advocacy campaign on the promotion of fortified products to fight malnutrition was also made part of the activities during the Knock Out Tigdas vaccination. (PIA) [top]

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