WHO pleased with Cotabato immunization


GENERAL SANTOS CITY: The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed satisfaction with the immunization campaign of the Department of Health in South Cotabato.

Dr. Rupali Sisir Banu, consultant of WHO Expanded Immunization Program, recently visited remote and upland communities in Lake Sebu town to monitor and assess the vaccination of infants and children below five years old against measles, rubella and polio.

Ludgeria Larong of the South Cotabato Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) on Tuesday said Banu specifically looked into the immunization practices and strategies that they implemented.

Larong said Banu first visited South Cotabato in May to share her expertise in terms of increasing the vaccination rate in the area. The WHO consultant emphasized the importance of reaching every district for the immunization program.

“We adopted her approach for this month’s immunization campaign,” said Larong.

She said the top three performing local government units in the province were Koronadal City and the towns of Tupi and Tampakan where a total of 156, 577 were vaccinated.

The IPHO targeted 200,000 infants for the immunization drive in South Cotabato, which is among five provinces in Region 12 or Soccsksargen. The others are Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos.



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