Bangsamoro gov’t to hold polio immunization on Oct. 14-27

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The Bangsamoro government will conduct mass polio immunization campaign to prevent the outbreak of poliovirus in the region.

Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao-Ministry of Health (BARMM-MOH) Information Officer Saida Diocolano-Ali said the “Sabayang Kontra Polio” immunization campaign will be held on October 14-27 in Marawi City.

Children aged zero to five years old will be given free vaccination against polio, the official said.

The immunization campaign will be done following the Department of Health’s (DOH) confirmation of a poliovirus case involving a 3-year old girl from Lanao del Sur on September 16, the first polio case since its eradication in the Philippines 19 years ago.

The MOH-BARMM and the Regional Darul Ifta earlier issued a Fatwa or Islamic ruling on immunization on March 12 to promote the importance of vaccination as a halal and safe way for Muslims to prevent some common diseases.

The Fatwa was issued after many parents in the region expressed hesitation to have their children immunized because they were not sure if vaccination was consistent with their faith.

MOH Minister Dr. Safrullah Dipatuan said that immunization prevents deaths and suffering from vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, tetanus, polio, pneumonia, hepatitis, diphtheria, rubella and mumps. #