Teodoro to parents: Have kids vaccinated vs polio

September 28, 2019

MARIKINA City Mayor  Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro has urged parents of around 40, 000 children below five years old in the city to bring them to barangay health centers to have them vaccinated with  oral polio vaccine (OPV) following the re-emergence of poliomyelitis in the country after 19 years.

Teodoro’s call came days after the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) asked local government units (LGUs) in the Philippines to help promote polio vaccination in their cities.

The Department of Health (DOH) recently confirmed the reemergence of the dreaded polio disease after nearly two decades the Philippines was declared polio-free since 2000. However, the country is currently at high-risk for polio virus transmission, according to DOH

Teodoro recently administered oral anti-polio vaccines to around 200 children at the Barangay Sto. Niño Covered Court.

“Ito’y initiative na natin ng ating komunidad na magkaroon ng oral polio vaccination. Dalawang patak sa bibig ng mga batang five years old pababa. Ito ay magbibigay sa inyo ng panlaban sa polio,” Teodoro told the parents who brought their children for polio vaccination.

“Mahal po natin ang ating mga anak. Bilang ama ng lungsod na ito, ayaw ko po na makita ang ating mga anak na may polio. Kaya hindi pa man nangyayari sa ating lungsod, wala pa man po tayong kaso ng polio, gumagawa na po tayo ng paraan para maiwasan ito at hindi po ito mangyari sa atin,” the mayor added.

Teodoro reminded parents to complete the three types of vaccines against polio.

He stressed that taking the anti-polio is very safe, and the public should not be afraid to get their children vaccinated.

“Vaccine po ito. Mabisa po itong panlaban sa polio at higit sa lahat, ligtas po ito. Target natin sa Marikina ay 40,000 na mga bata kailangan mapatakan at mabigyan sila ng polio vaccine,” Teodoro said.

Teodoro added he had ordered a massive information drive about the importance of vaccination.

“Magkakaroon po tayo ng malawakang information at advocacy campaign. Ipapaliwanag natin kung ano ang polio at paano ito maiiwasan,” the mayor told the parents.

“Gayun din, magkakaroon po tayo ng malawakang social mobilization. Ang mga health center po natin ay magpapatak ng polio vaccine sa mga paaralan, day care centers, komunidad, barangay, at subdivisions,” Teodoro added.