MARAWI CITY, July 20 (PIA) — The City Health Office (CHO) here kicked off the 5th round of polio immunization program of the Department of Health dubbed ‘Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio’ amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.
With the aim to combat the poliovirus outbreak in the country, the polio immunization campaign was shortly put on hold because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Marawi City Health Officer Dr. Ali Dalidig said that they target to immunize more than 23, 900 children aging 0 to 5 years old in the barangays and in transitory shelter sites.
“For the past 4 rounds nakarecord kami [we have recorded] ng accomplishment ng mahigit 100% in every round. So far ngayong 5th round, we are targeting 23,900 plus children aging from 0 to 5 years old,” said Dalidig.
This is the 5th round of immunization campaign since the announcement of the polio outbreak in the country on September 19, 2019, with the first type 2 poliovirus case found in Marogong, Lanao del Sur.
CHO conducted a polio vaccination campaign in Lake View Transitory Shelter in Barangay Boganga, wherein 900 displaced families are sheltered.
Dalidig also shared that there are only six remaining COVID-19 cases in the city and are currently isolated at facility quarantine in Siyapen (Care) Center. They are locally stranded individuals (LSIs) were positive for Covid-19 but asymptomatic.
Out of the 1,000 plus LSIs and Overseas Filipinos Workers who have returned home, 130 were positive in a rapid diagnostic test (RDT). 28 of them were then positive in a real-time polymerase chain reaction swab test and are asymptomatic. 22 have already recovered after they tested negative twice in the swab test.
The city also established its COVID19 screening facility for RDT.
“Sa screening facility lahat ng mga frontliner kailangan mascreen sila ng rapid diagnostic test, lahat ng empleyado ng city hall, barangay officials,” Dalidig added.
[In this screening facility, frontliners will be screened through rapid diagnostic tests including all employees of city hall, barangay officials.]
LSIs who are to travel outside the city going to other provinces should also be screened before they will be allowed to leave.
Dalidig also said that the screening facility is open to those residents who have symptoms of the disease. The city has purchased more 5,000 RDT kits for its constituents.
“Panawagan ko sa mga residente na tuloy-tuloy ang pagtutulungan,” he added.
Dalidig reminded the residents to observe minimum health standard such as wearing of face masks when going out, frequent handwashing with soap and clean water or sanitizing hands with 70% isopropyl alcohol, maintain physical and social distancing and staying at home, (LELA/ PIA ICIC)