“Bakuna sa Kabataan, Proteksyon sa Kinabukasan” is the theme of this year’s School-Based Immunization Program that was recently launched on August 5, 2019 at Panabo Central Elementary School.
Special guest Governor “Kuya” Edwin I. Jubahib supported the program and encouraged the parents to have their children vaccinated. “That’s why I am encouraging all the parents to participate in this program because prevention is better than cure. I am more than willing to offer my help because I have also experienced the situation in which you are in. This is to protect our children from these diseases,” said the Governor. He even mentioned that he plans to establish three government hospitals in Panabo City, Municipality of Carmen, and in the City of Samal.
First and seventh grade pupils are given anti measles-Rubella (MR) and Tetanus-Diphtheria (TD) vaccines. While, Human Papilloma Virus Vaccines are given to fourth grade female pupils ages 9-13, to protect them from cervical cancer. However, the pupils can only be vaccinated with their parents’ consent.
The School Based Immunization Program was also attended by DepEd Regional Director Dr. Evelyn R. Fetalvero, CESO V, Schools Division Superintendent of Panabo City Division Dr. Dee D. Silva, CESO V, Vanessa Lou Bugay who represented City Mayor Jose E. Relampagos and the different barangay captains, City Health Office personnel, Provincial Health Office personnel, school heads and principals.
The program is in coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), and the City Government of Panabo and will take place for the whole month of august in all public schools.