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Mayor Honey invites Manilans to visit health centers, follow ‘MENCHO’

Honey Lacuna and Poks Pangan
Mayor Honey Lacuna and Manila Health Department chief Dr. Poks Pangan lead the vaccination efforts in Manila. (JERRY S. TAN)

Mayor Honey Lacuna is urging Manila residents to visit the city’s 44 health centers to know and avail of the new expanded health services being offered there.

She also called on Manilans to follow the “MENCHO” on Facebook launched by Manila Health Department chief Dr. Poks Pangan, to become fully aware of the various kinds of services that they can benefit from. MENCHO stands for ‘mensaheng city health officer.’

The mayor also asked the barangays to convince their constituents to bring their kids to the nearest health centers, noting that measles can lead to serious cases.

Pangan reported that among others, the city offers free vaccination against polio, rubella and measles.

“Kasama sa new services sa ating mga health centers na ibinibigay ay libreng clinical laboratory testing, CBC, cbc, fecalysis, urinalysis, DPT, ECG, cholesterol, ultrasound sa buntis,” Pangan said.

This, he said, are apart from the usual, ordinary services such as free consultation, vaccination and family planning, among others.

“Inaanyayahan ko kayong lahat na bisitahin ang ating mga health centers para makita n’yo at masubukang magamit ang nga serbisyong ibinibigay natin,” he added.

Most important among these, he said, is the OPV-MRSIA or oral polio vaccination, measles, rubella, supplemental immunization activity or the catch-up immunization.

The OPV-MRSIA, Pangan explained, is being carried out by the MHD after the pandemic, for kids five years old and under or newborn to 59 months old.

In line with this, he thanked all the MHD staff, the Department of Health and the volunteers who go straight to the communities to make known the activities of the MHD and render services as well.

“Ang tigdas ay nakakamatay. Dapat sa Pilipinas, wala nang magkaroon ng tigdas, rubella at polio. Ang lahat po ng ito ay matutugunan sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng proteksyon. At ‘yan po ay sa pamamagitan ng bakuna,” he stressed.

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