Local Health Office Launches Chikiting Ligtas Campaign
MAY 2, 2023
The San Carlos City Health Office (CHO) launched Chikiting Ligtas, a nationwide supplemental immunization campaign against measles, rubella, and polio today, May 2, at Brgy. 1 Covered Court.
The measles and rubella (MR) vaccine is administered to children ages 9 to 59 months, while 0 to 59 months old are given oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV). Said campaign is done simultaneously with all the barangay health centers in the city and will continue until the end of May 2023.
Merlie Franco, Nurse III/ National Immunization Coordinator, said the campaign aimed at interrupting the transmission and outbreak of polio and measles viruses.
Franco added there are no reported polio and measles cases in the city.
SP Members Dr. Jose Carlos Villarante and Dr. Wilmer Yap emphasized the Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act of 2011 or RA 10152, requiring all children under five years old to be vaccinated with basic immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases.
City Health Officer Dr. Arniel Laurence Portuguez urged parents to get their children vaccinated and said it is not the virus that makes a child sick but the complications the virus causes.
Leah Marie A. Olvido, parent of 7-month-old Rajam administered with OPV, said she submitted her child for complete immunization provided by the City Health Office to protect the baby from infections and complications caused by contagious diseases.
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