PRC deploys 550 volunteers for OPV

October 13, 2019

THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will mobilize  its 550 trained staff and volunteers starting today   for the  conduct of synchronized oral polio vaccination (OPV) in the National Capital Region (NCR) and some Mindanao areas.

The synchronized oral polio vaccination will be conducted in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) and with support from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Cross Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

IFRC earlier donated nearly P20 million or a total of 336, 700 US to PRC to support the organization’s house-to-house visit to administer OPV.

According to PRC chairman Senator Richard Gordon, around 30,000 children aged 0-5 years old are the target of the mass vaccination from  October 14 to 27.

“Our target number for the children to be vaccinated is 30,000. PRC wants your children to be safe. Vaccines will keep away your children from diseases. It is the most effective way to prevent polio. Together, we can stop the spread of polio,” Gordon said in a statement.

The PRC staff and volunteers will group into four-man teams which will be comprised of a leader, vaccinators, recorders, and a health educator or a hygiene promoter.

According to Gordon, support items for the mass vaccination activity such as dossarts, masks, gloves, alcohol, and vaccine carriers were already distributed to all PRC chapters in the NCR and selected Mindanao areas (Davao del Sur, Davao City, and Lanao del Sur).

A technical training on polio response workshop was conducted recently in preparation for the synchronized polio vaccination.

Gordon said the humanitarian organization has a master list of the children who will receive the vaccination.

“Once vaccinated, a record will be made to make sure that no child will miss the two (2) remaining doses of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV), These are planned to be administered between November 2019 to January 2020, ” Gordon said.