Philippine Red Cross conducts polio vaxx drive in Malabon

MANILA, (PIA) — The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Malabon City chapter, in partnership with the local government and super health centers, conducted a polio immunization campaign from May 14 to 15, vaccinating 88 children in Barangays Catmon and Tonsuya.

Led by Ricky Sandoval, Chairman of the PRC Malabon City chapter, along with 30 Red Cross 143 volunteers, the teams went door-to-door in the two barangays to locate and administer the Oral Polio Vaccine to children aged between 1.5 months and 23 months or up to 2 years old.

Together, the brave and adorable ‘chikitings’ (little ones) of Barangay Catmon, accompanied by their parents, participated in the ‘Chikiting Ligtas Campaign’ (Safe Little Ones Campaign),” Sandoval said.

Thank you to everyone who supported and assisted in this activity, especially the Malabon City Health Office, for their continued commitment to the health and well-being of Malabueño children,” he added.

The polio immunization drive is part of the Philippine Red Cross’ efforts to protect vulnerable communities against the highly infectious disease, which can cause permanent paralysis in children.

Malabon City’s collaboration with the PRC and deployment of health center personnel underscores the local government’s prioritization of public health and preventive measures for its residents.

Polio eradication remains a global health priority, with ongoing vaccination campaigns playing a crucial role in safeguarding children and preventing potential outbreaks, especially in densely populated urban areas.

The successful campaign in Malabon City highlights the importance of coordinated efforts between government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and local communities in achieving comprehensive immunization coverage and promoting child health and well-being. (PIA-NCR)

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