Parade and Review. Philippine Military Cadets on a Parade and Review at the Borromeo field, Saturday (Aug. 10) despite the gloomy weather to give honour to the 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

The 43 Cordillera honor graduate scholars of DOST - SEI in a group photo session. (Photo by DOST - CAR)

CHED Chairperson Prospero De Vera III (left) joined by CHED - CAR OIC Regional Director Ma. Geraldine Casipit (2nd from left) and officials from the different SUCs and premier universities in Cordillera answer queries in an open forum during the Regional Higher Education Summit. (CCD/PIA CAR)

TESDA at 25. TESDA - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Manuel Wong with partners from DOLE, DTI and Baguio PESO, in a Kapihan media forum, promotes the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

PMA Host Parent Assn at 40. PMA Host Parent Association officials headed by chairperson and former Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan with Guest of Honor and Speaker Mayor Benjamin Magalong and PMA officials give recognition to their Pioneer members who started the foster a cadet program in 1979, during the t 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association, Saturday. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

TESDA at 25. TESDA - CAR Regional Director Manuel Wong and DTI Baguio - Benguet Director Freda Gawisan leads other partners from DOLE and Baguio PESO, in a Kapihan media forum, to promote the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

Parade and Review. Philippine Military Cadets on a Parade and Review at the Borromeo field, Saturday (Aug. 10) despite the gloomy weather to give honour to the 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

TESDA@25. Bartending students from the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade gives a demonstration on wine mixing during the TESDA - CAR led Kapihan media forum for the promotion of the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

TESDA@25. Bartending students from the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade gives a demonstration on wine mixing during the TESDA - CAR led Kapihan media forum for the promotion of the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

DOH eyes 61K Cordillera learners in school-based immunization

BAGUIO CITY-- The Department of Health-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOH-CAR) targets to immunize 61,765 learners from Kindergarten to Grade 7 against tetanus, diphtheria, and measles, as part of the government's school-based immunization program, an official said Tuesday.

 

“The school-based immunization program was started in 2013 and the continuing activity hopes to give vaccines to 61,765 learners from Kinder to Grade 7 in the six provinces and two cities in the region,” said Dr. Anachris Kilaan, family health cluster head of the DOH-CAR in a press conference following the launching of the program.

Children belonging to Grades 1 and 7 will receive anti-tetanus and anti diphtheria vaccines while those in Kindergarten, Grades 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 will receive the anti-measles vaccines.

Kilaan said they will be distributing forms, which contain questions such as the immunization history of a child, for parents and guardians to fill-out.

“If they have not had at least two measles, tetanus-diphtheria, and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines in the past, they can be given a booster shot,” she said.

The booster shot will improve their immunity as it has been noted that as people mature, their immunity from acquiring certain illnesses also decreases.

Kilaan said in the first semester of the year, the DOH did the outbreak immunization response where measles vaccines were given to children aged six to 59 months as a preventive measure.

A total of 74,740 children within the target age were reached out of the total 79,002 targets.

Measles booster shots were also given to 17,889 with 11,135 of them belonging to the five to 12 years age group.

“This was given to those found to have not received the vaccine when they were young,” Kilaan said.

Kilaan said they continue to advocate and inform parents of the benefits of giving the vaccine to prevent children from getting sick of vaccine-preventable illnesses.

“The vulnerability of the parents to fake news about vaccination is due to their lack of knowledge and that is what we are trying to address, to make them allow their children to be given vaccines, and eventually protect them from possible risks,” Kilaan said.

“We want to reach more people, even the adults as they too can still receive booster shots if they have not received as a child more than one vaccine or if they cannot remember whether they received it,” she said.

Boosting rate of immunization coverage

At the Baguio City National High School where the program was launched, around 1,000 Grade 7 students were allowed by their parents to receive the immunization. This is about 60 percent of the total in the grade level.

Among the reasons of the parents of the 40 percent who refused to have their children immunized were the Dengvaxia scare while some said they have already received their vaccines from private providers. Some reasoned out religious prohibition.

Dr. Elvira Belingon from the Baguio Health Services Office (HSO) said they are targeting around 14,000 students from Kindergarten to Grade 7 in Baguio under the school-based immunization.

Brenda Cariño, principal of the BCNHS said the parents were informed of the school-based immunization during the assembly held on July 20, where doctors gave a briefing of the health benefits of immunization.

Based on DOH-CAR record on full immunization coverage (FIC), the region recorded 61.27 percent coverage in 2018 lower than the 95 percent target.

A child considered to be within the FIC category is one who received a dose of Bacillus Calmette–Guérin vaccine and Hepatitis B at birth; three doses of DPT/Pentavalent within the 6th, 10th and 14th weeks in the life of a child and one dose of the measles vaccine at nine months.

In 2011, the coverage for FIC was 75.64 percent; in 2012 it was 71.55 percent; 73.57 percent in 2013; 72.45 percent in 2014; 67.42 percent in 2016; and 60.82 percent in 2017.

According to the Disease surveillance report from January 1 to July 27, there are 899 measles suspect recorded in the region. This is a 425 percent increase with four deaths.

From the 899 cases, 59 percent belong to the category “not immunized” or “cannot remember if immunized”

There are 224 laboratory-confirmed measles cases and 54 percent of them are not vaccinated with anti-measles. (PNA)

By Liza Agoot

 

Baguio

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    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 15 (PIA) - - The Commission on Higher Education(CHED)  calls for a stronger partnership with Cordillera stakeholders for the successful implementation of Republic Act 10931 and in ensuring that more young people will have equitable access to free quality tertiary education.

  • DOST honor graduate scholars in Cordillera feted

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 16 (PIA) - - The Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Regional Office (DOST-CAR) feted 43 honor   graduate scholars for their excellent academic achievements.

  • Muslims offer to guard churches in Baguio

    BAGUIO CITY—Churchgoers were surprised on Sunday morning when Muslims joined them for a Mass at the Baguio Cathedral, a site popular among residents and tourists.

  • Window hours set for Kennon Road residents only

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug 9 (PIA) -- Despite the closure of Kennon Road, the Cordillera Region Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CRDRRMC) has set window hours to allow residents to pass through the landslide affected area in Barangay Camp 6, Sitio Camp 5 in Tuba, Benguet.

  • PIA develops strategic communications curriculum for PMA

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 9 (PIA) -- The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) explored areas of cooperation on developing a curriculum on communication and public information for the Academy.

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  • Healthy mom and baby, cooking contests mark Nutri Month

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Aug. 6(PIA) -- To raise community awareness and to inculcate health and nutrition habits for children at an early age for healthy living, the provincial government conducted Healthy Mother and Child   and cooking contests in celebration of this year’s Nutrition Month.

  • Provincial livelihood program benefits more individuals

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 22 (PIA) -- The Provincial Livelihood Program (PLP) of the Provincial Government here continues to provide livelihood assistance to qualified individuals in the province.

  • PCSO, PLGU provide free assistive devices to PWDs in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 22 (PIA) -- The provincial government through the Provincial Persons with Disability Affair Office (PDAO) has partnered with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and MVRN Prosthesis Center in helping orthopedic persons with disabilities acquire the appropriate assistive devices.

  • Mt. Province officials vow to work together for a common goal

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 8 (PIA) --Inspired by the fresh mandate given by the electorate in the province, the newly elected provincial officials publicly announced during their oathtaking to put aside politics and vowed to work hand in hand with one common goal- to move this province forward. 

  • MP sectors one skedy resolution of murder of 3 Besao youths

    Bontoc, Mountain Province – Members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council put their full weight for the speedy resolution of the killing of three natives of Agawa, Besao who reportedly went to hunt and fish but were found dead days later along the Lakanga creek within the vicinity of Baclingayan, a sitio of Tabacda, Tubo, Abra.

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