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Manila bested other cities in metro in immunization of babies

Honey Lacuna
Mayor Honey Lacuna praises the health personnel of the city under MHD chief Dr. Arnold Pangan for the immunization of babies. (JERRY S . TAN)

MANILA once again ranked number one.

This time, it is in the routine catch-up immunization coverage dubbed, “Vax-Baby-Vax’ which provided routine vaccines for babies to protect them against certain illnesses.

Mayor Honey Lacuna thanked the city government’s healthcare workers, medical frontliners and personnel from the Manila Health Department (MHD) under the stewardhip of its head, Dr. Poks Pangan, for their efforts that led to Manila ranking number one in Metro Manila as it was able to vaccinate a total of 27,550 babies during the implementation of the said routine vaccinatiom program last month.

Lacuna said that with the said figures, Manila went over the target by 128.9 percent.

According to Lacuna, the said program was carried out by the MHD-led team of the Manila city government in coordination with the Department of Health.

Under the program, babies who were not vaccinated during an earlier routine vaccination are being visited by assigned personnel and given shots for their protection from various kinds of illnesses.

“Ito po ay isang programa kung saan magkatuwang ang DOH at MHD at pinupuntahan ang mga babies, ‘yung mga hindi nabakunahan ng routine vaccination dahil sa pandemya,” the lady mayor said.

She noted that many babies in the city were not able to avail of the vaccines either because their parents were afraid to get out of the house or were not allowed to get out, noted Lacuna, who is also a doctor.

The vaccines given during the catch-up immunization done by the city government were BCG against primary TB and DPT which is against diptheria, pertussis and tetanus and anti-measles.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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