DOH, PHO-Abra to immunize 21,000 Abrañean kids against JE

BANGUED, Abra, Feb. 7(PIA) -- The Provincial Health Office (PHO) and the Department of Health (DOH) Abra Field Office are joining efforts in battling the spread of Japanese Encephalitis in the province.

 

With the provincial launching of  the mass immunization  campaign dubbed as “Oplan Culex”, the PHO and DOH target  to vaccinate a total of 21,000 children from  five  months up to 59 months old in the entire  province  within the this month  and March.

Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is a serious and disabling disease that can be fatal if not managed immediately. The virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito called the culex .It is characterized by a dengue-like illness with the symptoms of headache, fever, vomiting and muscle pains. It infects the brain that causes inflammation and swelling including long-lasting brain damage leading to disabilities among survivors.

Abra Provincial Health Officer Dr. Maria Cristina Cabrera assures  parents that the Japanes Encephalitiis  vaccine is safe as it is pre-quaified by the World Health Organization  and Department of Health and urges  them to submit their children to a free JE vaccination as a preventive measure against the disease. (CAGT PIA-CAR,Abra)

In an interview with Abra Provincial Health Officer Maria Cristina V. Cabrera, she assured that the JE vaccine is safe as it was pre-qualified by the World Health Organization and the DOH. It has successfully met the quality, safety, and efficiency standards for the target population. Moreover, the JE vaccine has been widely used for over ten years to around 300 million recipients throughout Asia without safety concerns identified, she stressed.

With three confirmed cases in the province from  2017, Cabrera urged all parents to submit their children to the free vaccination as a preventive measure against the disease.

Aside from the vaccination, PHO has started an information-education campaign on JE to raise awareness among the public regarding this emerging disease

While everyone is advised to get a free vaccination on JE, the public is reminded to include the basic strategies in the prevention and control of mosquitoes such as the elimination of their breeding sites through spraying, fogging, misting with insecticides and employing search and destroy activities. (JDP/MTBB/CAGT – PIA CAR, Abra)

By Christian Allister G. Tubadeza

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