The City of Mati LGU is all set for the Mindanao-wide anti-polio vaccination campaign slated on November 25 until December 7, 2019.
On Monday, City of Mati Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat will lead the ceremonial kick-off of the campaign right after the flag ceremony in Mati City Hall. This will be simultaneous with ceremonial kick-offs in the Provincial Capitol and all barangay health centers in the city.
Mayor Michelle urged all Matinians with children below five years old to allow their kids to be vaccinated to ensure that they will not be afflicted with the poliovirus.
Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease. It is caused by the poliovirus. The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person’s brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis.
Mati City Health Office said that all 26 barangays in the city will be covered by the 70 teams that will be dispatched to make house-to-house vaccination starting Monday.
Each teams will be composed of midwife, DOH personnel, nurse, Red Cross personnel, and volunteer nursing students.
Mati CHO said that all 34 barangay health stations in the city will be activated for the massive anti-polio vaccination while three fixed sites namely the Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center, St. Camillus, and bus terminal/Mati public market will also have vaccination stations to cater to kids below 5 years old.
Those administered with the anti-polio vaccine will be color-marked on their left pinkie.
Mati CHO said they have prepared a total of 1,032 vials for the campaign that would cater to about 17,000 children aged 59 months and below in the city.
Authorities aim to cover 100% of the children below five years old for the anti-polio vaccination campaign.
Another round of vaccination is scheduled on January 6-18, 2020. (CIO MATI)