MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)—Four municipalities in Lanao del Sur have already reached population protection after vaccinating 70 percent of their targeted priority groups.
According to Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) Chief Dr. Alinader Minalang, the towns of Ditsaan-Ramain, Amai Manabilang, Poona Bayabao, and Kapai hit their target protection against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) after series of special vaccination days and house-to-house vaccination.
In his report during the joint meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Anti-Drugs Abuse Council (PADAC), Minalang said at least 83.41 percent of the 20,313 target population in Ditsaan-Ramain was fully vaccinated while 78.21 percent of 9,474 target population in Amai Manabilang completed their vaccination.
The municipality of Poona Bayabao vaccinated 77.30 percent of its 20,250 target population while Kapai just recently completed vaccinating 70.74 of its 17,210 target population.
Minalang said other municipalities are also getting closer to their target achieving more than 60% vaccination coverage. There are the towns of Marogong (69.24%), Calanogas (68.15%), and Wao (62.50%).
“Yung mga ginagawa natin sa baba, ito yung nakatulong sa atin. Gaya ng ating house-to-house vaccination in which we are bringing the vaccination closer to the households. Salamat sa tulong ng ating mga mayors at barangay officials,” he said.
[The things we do on the ground this is what helped us. Like our house-to-house vaccination in which we are bringing the vaccination closer to the households. Thanks to the help of our mayors and barangay officials.]
Minalang, who is also the vice-chairperson of the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force (PIATF) Against Covid-19, assured the local chief executives that the province has enough vaccines and that their Rural Health Units can withdraw vaccines from the upgraded provincial cold chain facility inside the Provincial Capitol. “We are thankful with the help of UNICEF for we now have a bigger cold chain facility,” he added.
The IPHO chief further told the PPOC-PADAC that Covid-19 is not just a health concern but also a security concern as well as everybody’s concern emphasizing that the government cannot win the fight against the unseen enemy without the participation of everybody.
Minalang said the PIATF is working towards herd immunity using the whole-of-government, whole-of-society Bayanihan approach. It is also
intensifying its immunization campaign in schools and offices while the security sector is maintaining border control requiring the presentation of a valid vaccination card. (APB/PIA-10/Lanao del Sur)
Lanao del Sur IPHO Chief Dr. Alinader Minalang highlights the importance of the whole-of-government and Bayanihan approach in reaching herd immunity during the joint PPOC-PADAC meeting. (Michael John Paclar/PIA-10/Lanao del Sur)