By Erma Edera
The local government of Manila will begin its third round of massive polio vaccination drive next week in all barangays in the nation’s capital.
According to Manila Health Department (MHD) Chief Dr. Arnold Pangan, the synchronized polio vaccination will start from November 25, Monday to December 7, Saturday.
Pangan said the field personnel and volunteers would not only conduct vaccine drives inside barangay halls, but would also conduct house-to-house vaccine drives.
On the other hand, Manila Barangay Bureau (MBB) Chief Romeo Bagay issued a memorandum requiring all barangay chiefs to “intensify the campaign” against polio.
Bagay also urged village chiefs “to ensure that there will be 95 percent coverage of children under five to be given oral polio vaccine in their areas.”
According to a data from MHD, about 160,000 children or 81.6 percent availed the polio vaccines from the city government after the two rounds of the synchronized immunization program.