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Mati aims for 100% polio vaccination

November 22, 2019 - Friday 6:11 PM by Ruth Palo

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DAVAO CITY -- The city government of Mati is targeting one hundred percent coverage for children aged five years and younger to receive the polio vaccine as the city prepares for the Mindanao-wide anti-polio immunization campaign from November 25 until December 7, 2019.

Mati City Information officer Ben Tesiorna said all children below five years old in the city’s 26 barangays must be vaccinated to ensure that no child will get affected by the poliovirus.

Polio is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease caused by the polio virus.

The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person's brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis.

Tesiorna said 70 teams from the City Health Office (CHO) will be dispatched to conduct house-to-house vaccination.

He said the teams will include a midwife, Department of Health (DOH) personnel, nurses, Red Cross staff members, and volunteer nursing students.

The CHO will also set up vaccination stations in some key areas: Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center, Saint Camillus, Bus Terminal, and Mati Public Market.

The CHO has prepared a total of 1,032 vials for the immunization of 17,000 children.

The next round of vaccination is set on January 6 to 18, 2020.