By Chito Chavez
The Quezon City government has launched a massive door-to-door campaign to eradicate the dreaded polio disease which has returned after the country had been free from the ailment for decades.
Mayor Joy Belmonte said the city government targets to vaccinate around 274,785 children below five years old as part of its intensified door-to-door drive against polio.
Led by Belmonte, the city government launched the “Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio” program in line with the Department of Health’s (DOH) national immunization campaign against polio.
Belmonte said the program was launched against the poliovirus after the DOH discovered new cases of the disease in Lanao del Sur and Laguna after a 19-year absence in the country.
Based on initial report submitted by the City Health Office, some 34,570 individuals or 21.5 percent of the total target have already been vaccinated in the first round of the campaign, which will last until Oct. 25,
The City Health Office, headed by Dr. Esperanza Arias, said around 4,008 children from District 1 and 9,624 children in District 2 have received three doses of oral polio vaccine.
Also vaccinated were 4,023 children from District 3, 4,657 from District 4, 6,701 from District 5 and 5,557 from District 6.
The City Health Office will conduct a second round of vaccinations on the last week of November until the first week of December.
In line with this, Belmonte also called on local residents to ensure the health of their children by having them vaccinated against polio.