CHO gives free vaccines to public schools

BALON DAGUPAN NEWS

THE City Health Office (CHO) under the Alagang Balon Dagupan of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez is now making rounds in all the public schools for its School-Based Immunization (SBI) program for grades one and four pupils.

CHO doctors and nurses led by City Health Officer Dr. Ophelia T. Rivera have been to nine schools since August 1 and administered tetanus-diphtheria and measles-rubella vaccines to grade one pupils and free human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) to grade four pupils (girls).

Mayor Fernandez (right) exchanges pleasantries with one of the grade four pupils of West Central 1 Elementary School who were given free immunization. Also in photo is City Health Officer Dr. Ophelia T. Rivera (2nd from right). (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)

HPV prevents cervical cancer to women and costs P2,850 to P3,000 if availed of in private hospitals.

Fernandez is encouraging all parents to have their children vaccinated which is being provided free by the city.

“Sana pabakunahan natin ang ating mga anak para sila ay malayo sa sakit at manatili silang malusog sa lahat ng panahon,” said Fernandez.

Rivera said the SBI will be conducted by the CHO for the whole month of August until all pupils in all public schools here are covered. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)