Zamboanga City targets over 200K kids to receive anti-polio vaccine early next year


The city government of Zamboanga is eyeing to provide anti-polio vaccine to over 200,000 children ages 0-10 years old during the first round of the “Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio Campaign” early next year.

The city government said Mayor Beng Climaco convened Thursday, December 26, an urgent meeting with Department of Health (DOH) Regional Director Dr. Emilia Monicimpo, City Health Officer Dr. Dulce Miravite, Councilors El King Omaga and John Dalipe, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) head Dr. Elmeir Apolinario and other concerned agencies to discuss strategies on how to ensure 100 percent reach during the campaign to be held on January 6-12.

The immunization service delivery for 205,507 children ages 0 to 119 months in Zamboanga City will be a combination of door-to-door, fixed post, and special vaccination sessions, it said.

“All children aged under 10 years regardless of immunization status will be vaccinated with bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (bOPV),” it said.

The local government said the activity will be done whole day including weekends and holiday.

Round 2 of the campaign will be done on February 17 to March 1 while Round 3 will be on March 23 to April 4.

The simultaneous anti-polio campaign is a rapid polio response immunization in view of the reported poliovirus type 1 re-emergence in Maluso, Basilan last November 26, the city government said.