DOH8 MASSVaccTACLOBAN CITY (Gerico Sabalza) – Some 535,655 children in Eastern Visayas would be covered in the mass vaccination against measles-rubella and polio in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Friday. 

The month-long supplemental immunization campaign which starts on Feb. 1, 2021 includes children between zero and nine-months and below five years old for measles-rubella and oral polio vaccines, respectively.

Elaine Villarosa, DOH Eastern Visayas national immunization program manager, said the region is part of the second phase of this nationwide campaign including the National Capital Region, Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Calabarzon, Cagayan Valley, Western Visayas, and Central Visayas.
Mindanao regions and some areas in Luzon, she added.

"This kind of immunization is a booster dose to prevent an impending outbreak in the country. As we all know, health care services in communities have decreased since the start of the coronavirus pandemic that resulted in low coverage in our routine immunization for the past months," Villarosa said.

BoronganTACLOBAN CITY – (Gerico Sabalza) Officials and employees of the Borongan City government are required to undergo antigen tests for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) twice every month.

The city health office (CHO) began Friday the swabbing of some personnel for the rapid test but has not yet disclosed the results.

"As per information from the CHO, swabbing is limited to only 50 persons a day following a schedule per department to avoid overcrowding," the city information office said in a social media post.

The mandatory testing complies with Memorandum JIDCA 04-0121 issued by Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan Agda on January 7 to prevent the spread of the virus and ensure that no government work would be affected.

The directive also requires employees with influenza-like symptoms, such as colds, cough, or fever, to immediately report to their respective department heads.

dohTACLOBAN CITY (Gerico Sabalza) – The Department of Health (DOH) has assured the public the vaccines used in the government's immunization campaign against measles-rubella and polio are safe and effective.

Elaine Villarosa, DOH Eastern Visayas national immunization program manager, said on Friday these vaccines are recommended by the World Health Organization and approved by the Food and Drugs Administration.

"This has been existing in the immunization program for almost 40 years already. They are proven and tested, have saved lives, and prevented further disabilities, so there is no reason for us to refuse," she said in a virtual press conference.

Ormoc CityTACLOBAN CITY (Gerico Sabalza) - Mayor Richard Gomez of Ormoc City is set to enter into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals for the purchase of vaccines against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

This after the mayor obtained the authority to sign from the city council during its Friday session, said Joy Meija-Romero, city legal officer, in an announcement posted on the city government's Facebook page.

"A MOA is needed to place the order for the city. Their vaccine is the most competitive (in price) and most suitable to a tropical country," she added.

The city government disclosed that the pharmaceutical company is asking for a 20 percent down payment for the supply of 270,000 doses of its Covid-19 vaccine, which is expected to be delivered in the second half of the year.

The vaccine which would be given in two shots will cover 90 percent of the city's target population aged 18 and above of about 146,542 residents.

malnutritionMAASIN CITY (Erna S. Gorne, PIA) — Southern Leyte registered the lowest malnutrition rate among provinces in Eastern Visayas according to the top official of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) in the region.

Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, Dr. Catalino Dotollo said during the 4th Quarter City Nutrition Council Meeting, that compared to other provinces in the region, Southern Leyte remains to get the lowest malnutrition rate despite the increasing trend in several health indicators.

Dr. Dotollo advised the local nutrition council on the recent results of the Expanded National Nutrition Survey the need to revisit the local nutrition action plan as Maasin City LGU forms part among the provincial survey respondents.

8 N Samar CapitolTACLOBAN CITY (Gerico Sabalza) – The provincial government of Northern Samar will cover at least 70 percent of its more than 500,000 population in the vaccination program against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Governor Edwin Marino Ongchuan said on Saturday the budgetary requirement is estimated to reach about PHP2.2 billion at two doses per person and with the type of vaccine recommended by local health officials.

"With 70 percent or more of our constituents vaccinated against (the) coronavirus, we can hope to have herd immunity in the province," Ongchuan said in a press statement.

He acknowledged that the program requires an enormous sum but said it is possible if the national government and other local government units (LGUs) help share the cost.

"We hope the national government will extend support to this noble objective and encourage our LGUs to also allocate counterpart funds," he added.