Cotabato City prepares for massive anti-polio vaccination

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ANTI-POLIO DRIVE. Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi speaks during the launch of the “Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio” campaign in the city’s 37 villages on Thursday (Nov. 14, 2019). The first round of immunization will take place from November 25 to December 7 this year. (Photo courtesy of Cotabato CIO)

COTABATO CITY — The city’s resources will be made available for the local health office’s anti-polio vaccination campaign targeting 37 barangays, Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi said here Thursday.

The first round of the “Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio” will take place on November 25 to December 7 with city health personnel, barangay health workers, and all village officials participating in the drive.

“The anti-polio campaign is eyeing more than 33,260 infants, 59 months old and below, in all the city villages,” Sayadi said.

The second round is scheduled on January 6-18 next year for the same number of children, said Dr. Suher Guinomla-Ibrahim, focal person of the city’s anti-polio program.

Ibrahim said the city health office has prepared three strategies to ensure maximum immunization, first of which is the house-to-house vaccination, followed by immunization in hospitals, rural health units, and barangay health stations.

The third involves the outreach vaccination drive to take place in malls, public transport terminals, checkpoints, churches, mosques, department stores, and grocery stores.

Ibrahim assured parents that the anti-polio vaccine consists of drops into the children’s mouth and does not use syringes.

“It has been proven safe and effective with no side effects,” she told reporters here.

Meanwhile, local health officials appealed to parents to help clean their surroundings to prevent polio. (PNA)

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