C. Visayas immunization coverage rate drops to 20% for 1st half of 2021

Morexette Marie B. Erram 10/23/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) is intensifying its immunization drive for children as it posted its lowest inoculation rate so far. DOH-7 on Saturday, October 23, launched a ceremonial vaccination…

Can vaccination be required?

Geronimo L. Sy - @inquirerdotnet 09/11/2021

It is not known to many, but there is actually a law in the country that makes vaccination compulsory. Republic Act No. 10152, passed in 2011, is “An Act providing for Mandatory Basic Immunization for Infants and…

DOH-7 reiterates call for kids to be vaccinated vs measles, polio 

Morexette Marie B. Erram 02/11/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Central Visayas needs to vaccinate more children if it meant rendering the national government’s inoculation program against measles and polio effective. As of February 7, 2021, data from the Department of Health in Central Visayas…

DOH launches Chikiting Ligtas immunization program vs polio, rubella, measles

Mary Rose Sagarino 01/29/2021

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – The “Chikiting Ligtas” vaccination program against Rubella, Polio, and Measles, an activity campaign of the Department of Health (DOH) was launched at a covered court in Consolacion town, northern Cebu on Friday, January…

Poliovirus in Butuanon River: Health and sanitation issues all rolled into one

Morexette Marie B. Erram 02/18/2020

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines – Rivers played a vital role throughout humanity’s existence.  In history, they were used as indicators where some of the world’s first civilizations flourished. In art and literature, the little streams connecting to them…

Mandaue, Cebu to start clearing Butuanon River; eye relocation sites for affected residents

Morexette Marie B. Erram 02/18/2020

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — Government officials in two of Cebu’s major cities are now identifying relocation sites for those who will be affected by their plans to clear ‘danger zones’ along the Butuanon River. These were just…

DOH-7 activates case finding initiatives to prevent possible polio spread in CV

Morexette Marie B. Erram 02/17/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) has activated their case finding initiatives to contain the possible spread of polio in the region. Dr. Jaime Bernadas, DOH-7 regional director, announced this in…

DOH to roll out intensified surveillance, vaccination drives against spread of polio in CV

Morexette Marie B. Erram 02/17/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Department of Health (DOH) announced Monday, February 17, 2020, that they included Central Visayas in their initiatives to roll out strengthened acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance, and vaccination drives to prevent the spread of…

Polio cases still on the rise

Jovic Yee - Philippine Daily Inquirer 02/16/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Despite several supplemental vaccination programs mounted by the Department of Health (DOH) to contain the polio outbreak, the number of kids afflicted with the debilitating disease still continues to rise with a 17th case…

1-year-old boy in Nueva Ecija is 17th confirmed polio case

02/15/2020

MANILA, Philippines — A one-year-old boy in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija is the 17th case of polio in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday. In a statement, the DOH said that the boy had a…

4 new polio cases ‍‍‍‍bring total to 16‍‍‍‍‍

Tina G. Santos 01/17/2020

Four more children have been stricken with polio, bringing the total number of polio cases in the country to 16 since the outbreak was declared in September 2019. Quoting the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, the Department…

DOH extends polio campaign until April

Renzo Acosta 01/07/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) announced Monday the extension of its Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio (SPKP) campaign in Mindanao and Metro Manila until April this year. In a statement, the DOH said the reason…

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