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.

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.

PALO, LEYTE — Members of the Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8) convened via blended approach to revisit the 2020 Media Plan on 23 December 2020 at Hotel Alejandro, Tacloban City and via Google Meet.

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.

pangkabuhayan showcaseCATARMAN, Northern Samar (Ailene N. Diaz, PIA) – Twenty-two (22) Former Rebels (FRs) have availed of the Pangkabuhayan showcase from the Department of Trade and Industry under the Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa program.

This is a livelihood and entrepreneurship program of DTI given to entrepreneurs affected by conflicts, calamities and or pandemic,” said DTI provincial director, Ms. Mimosa Regis.

Our mandate is to develop micro, small enterprises, the package is just a small thing but this is a grant, you have the obligation to pay for it," Regis informed the FRs.

RNCl meetingPALO, LEYTE — The Regional Nutrition Cluster (RNCl) 8 convened virtually to revisit the 2020 Nutrition Cluster Plan and map out for the 2021 Nutrition in Emergencies (NiEm) Plan on December 28-29, 2020 via Google Meet.