Bacolod City to boost anti-polio drive

first_imgPolio or poliomyelitis, according toDOH, is a potentially fatal and disabling disease caused by poliovirus, whichis transmitted when there is poor environmental sanitation and hygiene. Rojas stressed that the CHO and theDSSD are the implementing arms of Bacolod City in ensuring that Bacolodnons areaccorded with the benefit of having a dynamic and responsive healthcareprogram, and basic social services.The Philippines has been declared polio-free since 2000 but was put at“high-risk” due to low vaccination. An outbreak was declared on Sept. 19, 2019,after two cases of polio were reported. BACOLOD City – City councilor CindyRojas told the City Health Office (CHO) and the Department of Social Servicesand Development (DSSD) to be persistent in intensifying its anti-poliocampaign.  According to Rojas, the city must pushmeasures that will enhance polio prevention measures in the country. One of thepreventive measures is the polio immunization campaign for all children underfive years old, she said. center_img She cited the Department of Health’s(DOH) recent polio epidemic declaration after it recorded a case of the diseasein Lanao del Sur. Symptoms include fever, fatigue,headache, vomiting, stiff neck and sudden onset of floppy arms or legs. Insevere cases, it can lead to permanent paralysis or even death. Children underfive years of age are most vulnerable to the disease./PNlast_img

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