ILIGAN CITY (PIA) — The city here joined the global celebration of World Immunization Week to highlight the importance of immunization and its role in improving the health and well-being of Filipinos of all age groups, April 28.

During the culmination program at City Public Plaza, Acting City Health Officer Dr. Glenn Manarpaac underscored the significance of immunization in protecting children.

“We are promoting immunization as a means of really protecting our kids, and not only the kids apil na pud ni ana ang pag-advocate sa pagpabakuna is very important aron mahimo tang himsog [including the advocacy for vaccination which is important to ensure good health]. That’s why we have to get vaccinated,” he said.

Moreover, Nuraian Caridad of the Department of Health (DOH)-10 discussed the Health Promotion Framework Strategy which serves as a long-term basis for population-wide solutions to the seven priority areas: diet and physical activity, environmental health, immunization, substance use, mental health, sexual and reproductive health, and violence and injury prevention.

“Karon nga culmination time, it doesn’t mean nga dinhi rata kutob. Dapat unta katong mga wala pa nag practice sa seven healthy habits, karon atong gapasugdan ug kita aron mahimong example nga ma practice nato atong seven healthy habits,” she said.

[Now that it’s the culmination time, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to end here. To those who have not yet practiced the seven healthy habits, you should start now. Be a good example in practicing the seven healthy habits.]

Meanwhile, Dr. Ashliya Sarifa Sampal of the DOH Center for Health Development-10 emphasized the important role of coordination and joint efforts in pushing the advocacy of DOH.

The World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) remain committed to work with DOH in ensuring that more lives are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Meanwhile, CHO also recognized the winners of the Bakuna Jingle Making and Bakuna Recoreda contests. For the Bakuna Jingle Making contest, Iligan City East National High School won the first prize followed by the Acelo Badelles Sr. Memorial High School and ICHNS-Tambacan Annex. Meanwhile, Barangay Maria Cristina emerged as the first place for the Bakuna Recoreda contest followed by Barangay Tubod ang Barangay Hinaplanon. (LELA/PIA-10/Lanao del Norte)

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