THE Antipolo City government, Department of Health (DoH), Department of Education (DepEd), and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) joined efforts in immunizing public school students during the launching of the School-Based Immunization (SBI) program recently at the Bagong Nayon IV Elementary School.
The program targets to immunize 400 students from kindergarten to elementary.
“Higit pa sa pagiging isang mayor, ako po ay isang ina. Ramdam ko ang hirap at takot tuwing may magkakasakit sa aking mga anak kung kaya naman ay hangarin ko na walang batang mag-kakasakit sa ating lungsod. Katuwang ang national government, alam kong walang imposible kung tulung-tulong tayo sa pagsusulong ng mga programang tutugon sa pangangailangan ng mga kabataan. Sama-sama nating tuldukan ang peligrong dulot ng tigdas, cervical cancer, at iba pang vaccine-preventable diseases o mga sakit na maiiwasan kapag nagpabakuna,” said Antipolo Mayor Andeng Ynares.
Part of the launching was the lecture on Measles Rubella – Tetanus Diphtheria (MR-Td) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) as well as the ceremonial vaccination of students.
The SBI program will visit 69 schools in the city.
The students will receive MR-Td vaccine and HPV vaccine which is used against cervical cancer.
According to the DoH, the vaccines to be administered are tried, tested and safe. Thus the public, specially the parents, have no reason to fear for their children’s wellbeing.