DOH TO UNVEIL TAGUIG IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM NEXT MONTH
TAGUIG CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) is to roll out its immunization program in December which aims to intensify the protection to Taguig City children from a virus infection, the People’s Tonight reported.
The school-based immunization program (SBIP) is targeting to provide reach at least 6,000 children in 23 schools of Taguig City in order to shield them from Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection, a viral infection that is passed between people via skin-to-skin contact.
HPV is a leading cause of cervical cancer which claim the lives of at least 7-8 Filipinas on a daily basis. More than 6,000 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed annually. Of the total number of cases, 99 percent are contributed by HPV infection.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the National Capital Region inaugural vaccination was held at the Lakeshore Hall, C6, Lower Bicutan in Taguig City where 15 Grade 4 girls from Upper Bicutan Elementary School, Silangan Elementary School and Bagong Tanyag Elementary School received quadrivalent HPV vaccine.
“It is a basic right of every child to be vaccinated and all children shall enjoy this right. Being our most treasured assets in this country, every child should receive the optimum service for their health and welfare. They should be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases like HPV infection,” Duque said.
“Schoolchildren spend most of their time within the bounds of the school than any other place. For young girls of Taguig City, their schools will also be the venue of having their first line of defense against HPV infection,” he added.
SBIP is an initiative of the DOH in partnership with the Departments of Education and the Interior and Local Government.
For her part, Taguig City Mayor Laarni Cayetano stressed the local government’s commitment to protect their residents from unnecessary sufferings caused by diseases.
“In every occasion, I always emphasize how we value the quality of health for every Taguigeño. These hundreds of young school girls are our future teachers, doctors, lawyers and leaders that will bring us to a more progressive city. Their presence here and our sincerest intent to shield them from HPV infection and other diseases that it may trigger, marks the journey to a better future for all Taguigeños,” Cayetano said.