Aug 1, 2019

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Guv urges public: Bring back trust on vaccines

LUISSE GABRIELLE RUTAO

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Governor Dennis “ Delta” Pineda urged the public to bring back their trust and confidence on vaccines to help the Provincial Government in protecting their lives.

The Governor also led the ceremonial anti-measles vaccination administered to five students here, together with 2nd District Rep. Mikey Arroyo, during the relaunching of the “Pampanga-Balik Tiwala sa Bakuna” Program held at the Bren Z Guiao Convention Center here.

During the event, Gov. Pineda asked all Sangguniang Bayan Members, Barangay Captains, Municipal Health Workers (MHW), Nanay Community Workers (NCW), Rural Health Physicians (RHP), School Principals and teachers, PTA Federation Presidents, including other officials who attended the event to support the preventive health care programs of the Government.

“Kailangan ko po ang inyong tulong. Kailangan full force ang Provincial Government at ang DOH para maimplement ang mga programs na ito,” Gov Delta urged.

It can be recalled that when the Dengvaxia phenomenon arose, a lot of parents expressed mistrust on the effectiveness of vaccines in protecting their children against communicable diseases.

To remove this anxiety among parents, Governor Pineda himself informed the public about the safety and benefits children can get out of these vaccines.

“I can assure you na safe yung mga vaccines na binibigay ng Kapitolyo. Mismong mga anak ko pinapavaccine ko ng MMR para maprotektahan sila laban sa Measles, Mumps, Rubella, at iba pang mga disease. ” Gov Pineda pointed.

According to him, it is the primary advocacy of his administration to ensure Kapampangans’ health and welfare. Supporting these programs and services of the government can help the province achieve “community immunity”, he said.

Moreover, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) Head Dr. Marcelo Joachico shared that the same campaign held last year has garnered commendable results.

“Dahil sa campaign po natin last year, marami pong magulang ang nagtiwala ulit sa bakuna. Sa katunayan po mual 68% naging 98% po and immunization ng measles natin sa probinsya,” Joachico said as he shares about the outcome of last year’s campaign.

This was also agreed by Assistant Secretary Maria Francia Laxamana of the Department of Health (DOH).

According to her, “Its really a good thing that the provincial government is working with DHO to extend programs that would benefit the well being of the Kapampangans.”

For his part, Congressman Arroyo, pledged his support to Gov. Pineda in addressing the health needs of their kabalen.

“Together with Governor Delta, we will focus on the needs of the Kapampangans,” Arroyo said.

Meanwhile, Regional Director Dr. Cesar Cassion of Central Luzon Center for Health Development, said that the province of Pampanga, in partnership with DOH, Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) started conducting free School-Based Immunization (SBI) Program for public elementary school students to protect children against vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

The SBI Program targets to accommodate at least 125,000 children until the latter part of September.

PHOTO BY JUN JASO.
UNITE FOR IMMUNITY. Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda urged the public to unite in supporting the “Pampanga-Balik Tiwala sa Bakuna” campaign and other health programs of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Provincial Government.