Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Nationwide Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio Launched Today in Iligan City

(Friday29th day of November 2019)


ILIGAN CITY – The Department of Health-10 (DOH-10) in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Iligan City (LGU-Iligan) launched the Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio at the Anahaw Amphitheatre during the flag-raising ceremony on November 25.

The Philippines launched the “Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio” campaign in Manila last August 19, and in Lanao del Sur, Marawi City, Davao del Sur, and Davao City last October 14. The campaign will be expanded to the whole of Mindanao on November 25, 2019, and will be concluded with the last round of vaccination on January 6, 2020. Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. The disease can be prevented through immunization. The strategy to eradicate polio, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is preventing infection by immunizing every child until transmission stops and the world is polio-free. (https://www.doh.gov.ph/press-release/DOH-joins-WHO-in-the-observance-of-World-Polio-Day)

Polio is a contagious viral illness that in its most severe form causes nerve injury leading to paralysis, difficulty breathing and sometimes death. Although polio can cause paralysis and death, the majority of people who are infected with the virus don’t get sick and aren’t aware they’ve been infected. Poliovirus can be transmitted through direct contact with someone infected with the virus or, less commonly, through contaminated food and water. People carrying the poliovirus can spread the virus for weeks in their feces. People who have the virus but don’t have symptoms can pass the virus to others. Paralytic polio can lead to temporary or permanent muscle paralysis, disability, bone deformities, and death. (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/polio/symptoms-causes/syc-20376512)

Initial symptoms of polio include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs. In a small proportion of cases, the disease causes paralysis, which is often permanent. There is no cure for polio; it can only be prevented by immunization.

Several school kids joined the flag-raising ceremony today to receive the first doses of the city’s support to the nationwide movement against Polio.  The Polio outbreak as announced by the DOH affected kids on some parts of the country but haven’t reached Iligan yet, however, the LGU is already taking precautions and encourages the parents and guardians of children ages 5 years old and below to take vaccine shots, as the saying “prevention is better than cure” is applicable and timely today for us Iliganons. As Councilor Macapagal stated, that is has been years that the country has been polio-free and it is just now that it resurfaced. Like the DOH, Mr. Macapagal aims that we eradicate polio through immunization and vaccination.

The DOH states that there is no cure for Polio therefore the best counter we can make against Polio is vaccination.


– Kristoff S. /CIO-Web