DOH launches month-long immunization campaign

Posted at 09/02/14 4:02 PM

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) launched a month-long campaign against measles-rubella and polio on Monday.

With the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the campaign aims to reach 13 million children below five years old.

This is a follow-up to the Global Commitment to Child Survival – A Promise Renewed initiative that called for action on maternal, newborn, and child survival.

Three million doses of measles-rubella vaccine and 1.2 million doses of polio vaccine have been provided by UNICEF for the program, while $7.8 million worth of equipment were also provided to keep the vaccines in good condition.

According to Philippine representative Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF will continue to support the Philippine government to ensure that every Filipino child has access to "quality lifesaving immunization."

“Every child has the right to survive and thrive, to have the best possible start in life, and grow up to reach their full potential,” she said.

The DOH has selected health centers or vaccination sites in communities covered by the campaign to provide the services.

The campaign will run for the whole month of September with the goal of providing vaccination services to children in remote areas.

The threat of measles and rubella among Filipino children continues to be present.

The Philippines has achieved polio-free status since 2000, but continues to be considered high risk for wild polio virus importation and outbreak.