By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
To encourage parents to have their children vaccinated against polio, a barangay in Pasig City distributed grocery packs to the first 100 families who had their children vaccinated last October 14.
Chairman Raymond Lising of Barangay San Antonio said their barangay will distribute grocery packs containing biscuits, milk, and other healthy snack items to parents of the first 100 children who received of the free Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV).
“We want all the children aged 0 to 5 years old to get vaccinated of all the doses of the OPV so that they will be protected from the polio virus,” Lising explained. “This is the reason why we came up with the healthy grocery items for the first 100 kids to encourage parents to have them vaccinated.”
The barangay chairman said, in a press release Sunday, that the grocery packs will be given before the month ends. “We already have a list of all those who have received the vaccines. Somewhat like an attendance to keep track on the recipients,” he said.
Lising, together with barangay vaccination team and members of Philhealth in Pasig City, administered anti-polio vaccines to children in the synchronized anti-polio vaccination last October 14.
The Philippines has been declared polio-free for almost two decades up until September this year when the Department of Health declared a polio outbreak following the detection of two polio cases recently.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), polio or poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease caused by wild poliovirus that has three types: type 1, 2, and 3.
The WHO explained that the virus enters the body through the intake of food or water that has been contaminated with fecal matter from an infected person and invades the nervous system.
Meanwhile, Lising said private stakeholders in the community who wished to remain anonymous, donated the grocery items.
“I extend my sincerest gratitude to all the donors for making this program memorable especially to the children. Huwag po sana kayong magsasawa sa pagtulong sa ating komunidad lalung-lalo na para sa mga bata,” Lising said.
Barangay officials target to administer anti-polio vaccines to around 1,000 children in Barangay San Antonio.
Lising reminded parents to always maintain a clean environment to prevent the spread of viruses such as polio.
“Let us always keep our surroundings clean. Viruses live in dirty environment, let us not give them a dwelling place in our homes,” he said.
“We must also teach our children to practice proper hygiene and stress its importance to our health,” the barangay chairman added.