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.