The Department of Health (DOH) in Western Visayas announced that Himamaylan City in Negros Occidental has achieved 101% vaccination coverage against measles and rubella. This means that all children aged 9-59 months in the city have been vaccinated against these two diseases.
The DOH also reported that other areas in Negros Occidental have achieved high MR vaccination accomplishment, including Murcia with 92.61% and Silay City with 91.78%.
In a statement Himamaylan Mayor Raymund Tongson said the city has proven its unwavering commitment to protecting the health and future of the children in his city as they became the Top Performing LGU in Negros Occidental for the Child Vaccination Campaign with an outstanding accomplishment.
The month-long Chikiting Ligtas or Measles Rubella Oral Polio Vaccine Supplemental Immunization Activity (MR OPV SIA) targets to reach 660,054 children in Western Visayas.
As of May 18, 2023, DOH have vaccinated 432,948 children or 65.59% of the target eligible population.
The DOH continues to call on parents and guardians to bring their eligible children for vaccination at the health center or vaccination posts near them. By ensuring your child is vaccinated, you play a crucial role in maintaining the health and well-being of your family and community as a whole.
Measles and rubella are highly contagious diseases that can cause serious health problems, including pneumonia, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), and death. Vaccination is the best way to protect your child from these diseases.
The MR OPV SIA is free and safe. All children aged 9-59 months are eligible for vaccination, regardless of their vaccination history.