Private sector lauded for helping restore public trust in vaccines

September 21, 2019

AMID  the resurgence of polio virus, the Department of Health is getting  support from the private sector to restore public confidence in its immunization program.

During the launching of End Now Polio project between the DoH and the Rotary International, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said  one of the major factors why polio has returned  is due to low confidence of  the parents in vaccination programs of the government following the Dengvaxia scare.

“Kasi nagkaroon ng takot, sa over-all  confidence sa vaccination program ng DoH, hindi kami  ang nagsabi n’yan, kung hindi ang London Tropical Medicine, na bukod sa  vaccine confidence tumaas ang vaccine hesitancy to all time record high. Down  to 32 percent bagsak na bagsak ang vaccine confidence,” Duque said in an interview.

Duque lauded the efforts of the private sector  and civic organizations in volunteering to swiftly restore the “polio-free” status of the Philippines and to bring back the confidence on vaccines.

For her part, House Majority Leader and Bagong Henerasyon Party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera said   the lower house  is committed to make available to the DoH additional funds to finance the polio vaccination program.

She  said  equally important in the anti-polio vaccination program is the restoration of public confidence on the government’s immunization program.

The DoH and the Rotary International  have agreed to conduct a joint anti-vaccination campaign nationwide as the presence of polio virus were discovered by health authorities in Laguna, Lanao del Sur, Davao City and in Manila.

Herrera, who is playing a dual role in the anti-polio campaign as lawmaker and as governor of Rotary International District 3780, led Rotary governors nationwide in helping government restore public confidence on the anti-polio vaccination program.