DOH DOH LAUNCHES ORAL POLIO VACCINE IN REGION 1. Department of Health Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco leads the administration of oral polio vaccine during the launching of the Measles Rubella and bivalent Oral Polio virus Vaccine Supplementary Immunization Activities (MR-bOPV SIA) in Region 1 held at the Sto. Tomas Auditorium on Friday.

DOH launches MR-OPV SIA vaccination in Ilocos Region

April 30, 2023 Jane Eleda 310 views

THE Department of Health – Ilocos Region on Friday officially launched its Measles Rubella and bivalent Oral Polio virus Vaccine Supplementary Immunization Activities (MR-bOPV SIA) in Sto. Tomas, La Union.

According to DOH Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco, there was an urgent need for the immediate conduct of the activity to increase immunization coverage to at least 95% in children aged 0-59 months old.

“We have to take every opportunity to increase community engagement and raise awareness on the importance of the MR-OPV SIA immunization and dispel any myths or misconceptions about the vaccine,” Sydiongco said.

“These vaccines have prevented child deaths worldwide, and we have to have to sustain the momentum created by expanded routine immunization (RI) coverage, catch-up supplementary immunization activities (SIAs), and progress towards polio elimination, in our efforts to eliminate measles in the region including the strong political commitment by our local government units towards the elimination of the disease,” she added.

As of April 15, 2023, The Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) recorded a total of 44 suspected MR cases from January 1 – April 15 this year, which is 266% higher than the number of cases reported in the same period last year, with 12 cases.

The most affected age group was less than 1 year old, with 17 (38.6%) cases, and the majority of the cases were females aged 1-4, with 24 (54.5%) cases.

Sydiongco said the province with the most number of suspected MR cases is La Union with 17 followed by Pangasinan – 11, Ilocos Sur – 9, and Ilocos Norte with three. Dagupan City has four recorded cases.

She said the month-long immunization activity from May 1-30 will be targeting a total of 431,162 children aged 9-59 months old for MR vaccination and 503,968 children for OPV in the Ilocos Region.

Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccine will be given to 9-59 months old children and the Oral Polio vaccine (OPV) for children 0-59 months old.