PHO urges parents to have kids immunized

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 23 (PIA) – The Iloilo Provincial Health Office (PHO) is encouraging parents in the province to have their children immunized for measles-rubella and oral polio vaccines.

Dr. Soccoro Quiñon, PHO officer-in-charge, said that health workers in the province are still trying to reach every child aged five years old and below as the measles-rubella and oral polio vaccines supplemental immunization activity (MR OPV SIA) is on its last week of implementation this month.

“Please support the growth of our children by allowing them to be vaccinated,” Quiñon said.

As per PHO data, 15 local government units (LGUs) have already reached the target coverage of 95 percent for MR, as of February 21, 2021. These are Lemery, Dueñas, Tigbauan, Barotac Viejo, Batad, Lambunao, Dingle, Passi City, Guimbal, San Dionisio, Mina, Sara, Concepcion, Cabatuan, and San Enrique.

Meanwhile, eight LGUs have accomplished the target coverage for OPV. These are Lemery, Dueñas, Barotac Viejo, Batad, Tigbauan, Lambunao, Passi City, and Sara.

According to the Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development, Iloilo Province is one of the top performing provinces in the region for the MR OPV SIA.

Quiñon said that despite the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the province, the accomplishments of the health workers in the MR OPV SIA should be lauded.

“The province’s accomplishment in MR OPV is giving our health workers something to look forward to,” she added. (JSC/LTP/PIA6 Iloilo/Thumbnail photo courtesy of PHO)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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