Despite the challenges posed by coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will continue to back the immunization program for young children this year in Iloilo province.
PRC-Iloilo Chapter Administrator Gilbert Paul Valderrama said there were almost 50 personnel that will assist local government units (LGUs) on its immunization for measles, rubella, and polio vaccines intended for newborns and children below five years of age.
Valderrama said the support teams will consist of doctors, nurses, midwives, and other support staff that are going to be sent to rural health units (RHUs) across the 42 towns and component city of Passi for the year.
An initial coordination has been made with Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr., the Iloilo Provincial Health Office, and municipal health officials for PRC-Iloilo teams to augment immunization programs.
For Valderrama, PRC-Iloilo’s current work with LGUs as well as the provincial government of Iloilo will strengthen partnerships in addressing COVID-19.
PRC-Iloilo is also planning to augment LGUs once the vaccination program for COVID-19 will roll out, which is expected to begin later this year.
Last January 13, PRC also opened its COVID-19 molecular laboratory at PRC Regional Logistics and Disaster Management Training Center in Passi City. The PRC laboratory can test at least 1,000 specimens for COVID-19 daily.