Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has urged parents to have their children vaccinated to protect them from diseases such as measles, rubella, and polio.
In a statement, Belmonte said immunization is the cheapest and fastest way to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases.
“[B]awat eskinita at kalye sa ating lungsod ay sinusuyod ng ating mga health worker para masiguro na bawat bata ay bakunado at protektado,” she said.
On May 2, the Quezon City Health Department held the city-wide implementation of the Chikiting Ligtas vaccination program of the Department of Health (DOH) in Barangay Bahay Toro.
Health workers strategically set up temporary vaccination posts in markets and covered courts, and conducted house-to-house inoculation activities in remote corners of the communities.
Belmonte encouraged parents to bring their children to the nearest health center to get free immunization shots.
“Kahit matatapos na itong Chikiting Ligtas vaccination activity ngayong Mayo, hindi titigil ang lokal na pamahalaan para bakunahan at protektahan ang ating mga anak mula sa mga sakit na pwede namang maiwasan sa tulong ng mga bakuna,” she said.
For the entire May, the local government aims to vaccinate 230,347 children ages five years and below (0 to 59 months) with the measles vaccine, and 270,977 kids (0 to 59 months) with the oral polio vaccine.