June 24, 2024

LAGAWE, Ifugao – The province joined the recent observance of the World Immunization Week 2024 with the theme “50 Years of Immunization: Kapag bakuna ay kumpleto, lahat protektado”.

Dr. Virginia Narciso of the Department of Health-Cordillera stressed the importance of immunization in saving and protecting lives from vaccine-preventable diseases.

“The World Immunization Week 2024 serves as a reminder of the incredible power of vaccines to protect lives and safeguard communities. It is not a merely a medical intervention; it is a cornerstone of public health, ensuring that children, adults and senior citizens along with their respective families are shielded from preventable disease and enabled to lead a happier and healthier lives,” Narciso said.

Every contribution counts towards attaining a 95 percent target of herd immunity and eradicating vaccine-preventable diseases, she added.

Narciso said the DOH remains steadfast in its commitment to fortify immunization coverage by enhancing health literacy and disseminating accurate information regarding vaccines to address misconceptions and to establish trust.

It also continues to develop community engagements to bridge existing gaps, and cultivate unwavering support and confidence in the immunization program, and ensure equitable and widespread access to vaccines for all individuals, be it children or adults.

Aside from a program at the Lagawe Central School, the World Immunization Week celebration featured a parade and sing/dance contests participated in by the municipal health offices, and hospitals in the province.  

The Ifugao Provincial DOH Office and Provincial Health Office are inviting the public to visit the nearest health center for more information on the available vaccines of all ages.

Office of the Governor Executive Assistant Tom Guinomon assured the provincial government is doing its part in delivering the health needs of the people for a healthy and progressive Ifugao.

The World Immunization Week is celebrated from April 24 to 30 to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease, regardless of their geographic location and socioeconomic status. – Marcelo Lihgawon