- President Rodrigo Duterte reminded parents that even if we are in a pandemic, children need to be vaccinated
- In a video by DOH, the President urged parents to have their children vaccinated against communicable diseases like measles, polio, and rubella
- The message was in support of DOH’s massive immunization campaign that will run from October 26 until November 26
President Rodrigo Duterte urged parents to have their children vaccinated against communicable diseases.
The President reminded parents that even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, children under 5 years old need to get vaccinated against measles, polio, and rubella. Duterte appeared in a video released by the Department of Health to further promote its massive immunization program to protect children.
“The most important lesson that we are learning from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is that the health risks posed by the spread of communicable diseases must be seriously addressed,” Duterte stressed on the video posted on DOH’s Healthy Pilipinas page on Facebook.
“I therefore call on parents of children under five years old as well as the local government leaders and other community stakeholders to support the immunization activity,” he said.
The President has voiced his “unconditional support” to the DOH, World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund for embarking on the nationwide measles, rubella, and polio supplemental immunization activity.
The immunization program was launched on Oct. 26 and will run until Nov. 26.
“Together, let us safeguard the well-being of our children and ensure a healthier future for our nation. I wish you the best at mabuhay kayong lahat,” the President said.
According to DOH, communicable
diseases are illnesses caused by viruses or bacteria that can easily spread through people. Vaccination is an important part of communicable disease control worldwide.