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City commemorates World Immunization Week  

By Erica Angel Monday/ Michael Estornino/Um Intern


THE CITY Health Office (CHO) and other partners actively participated in the kick-off ceremony for the World Immunization Week at Barangay Matina Aplaya Gym on Wednesday, April 24. 

During the event, parents brought their children to take the vaccine against diseases such as pertussis, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, measles, pneumonia, polio, and influenza. 

In an interview, Dr. Julinda Acosta, CHO Technical Division chief, said that vaccination can save lives and provide health benefits.

“Very important kaayo because we know that vaccine save lives. Kabalo gyud ta na ang bakuna makasalbar gyud sa kinabuhi sa bata, so that’s how important our vaccine are kasi proven, safe and very effective against vaccine preventable disease,” she said. 

Acosta added that they have several vaccines such as Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), oral polio vaccine, pentavalent vaccine, inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), measles and pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV). 

Daghan kaayu mga sakit nga maprotektahan sa atoang mga bakuna na available satong mga health centers,” she added.


Meanwhile, Dr. Thomas Ababon, CHO head, said they will have periodic intensification of routine immunization. 

Pinaagi aning peri (periodic immunization), atong gi intensify, gipahingusgan na magsugod tag Lunes hangtod Sabado na wala tay ginabuhat ang tanang staff sa barangay health center naga adto og balay-balay para mamakuna,” he said. 

Moreover, CHO revealed that Davao City is targeting to vaccinate 40,169 kids from 0-12 months in 2024. 

World Immunization Week runs until April 30.



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