Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III (right) shakes hands with McDonald's Philippines President and CEO Kenneth Yang as they seal the partnership against polio.
Published online by the Business Mirror, November 25, 2019
LEAVING no stone unturned in ensuring maximum immunization against a resurgent polio, the Department of Health (DOH) has turned to the private sector for help as it mounts yet another round of vaccinations.
The DOH announced its collaboration with McDonald’s Philippines for the succeeding rounds of the Synchronized Polio Vaccination in Metro Manila and Mindanao, reminiscent of the tack used by the late DOH chief Juan M. Flavier when he mounted the country’s first multi-vaccine National Immunization Days in the nineties.
As part of the new deal, selected McDonalds stores in Metro Manila and in Mindanao will set up Patak Polio Corners for the scheduled synchronized polio vaccination in NCR and Mindanao on Nov. 25 to Dec. 7 this year, and in Mindanao from Jan. 6 to 18 next year.
Polio immunization will also be conducted in McDonald’s Bahay Bulilit Learning Centers where children are taught basic skills in preparation for formal schooling.
“With the recent news on health outbreaks in the country, McDonald’s Philippines recognizes the role it could play in making a long lasting difference in the lives of Filipinos,” said McDonalds Philippines President and CEO Kenneth Yang.
“Our partnership with the Department of Health will allow us to take part in their preventive efforts against Polio in the country. With children most prone to the exposure to the disease, and with children’s welfare a priority of the company, we are further driven to support this program of the government,” he added.
The initial round of the Synchronized Polio Vaccination reported 96-percent coverage among children 0-59 months old from the 17 cities/municipality in NCR. Davao del Sur recorded 92-percent coverage from its 10 city/municipalities while Lanao del Sur reported 85-percent coverage from 40 city/municipalities.
The Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio campaign aims to vaccinate all children below 5 years old regardless of Polio vaccination status.
“We are pleased to work with McDonald’s Philippines as we will have more vaccination sites for mothers and caregivers to go to. We are relentless in making this health service accessible and available to all, consistent with our goal of Universal Health Care,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said.
This article is originally published and written by the Business Mirror which can be accessed online at https://businessmirror.com.ph/2019/11/25/mcdonalds-joins-doh-drive-now-also-a-patak-polio-corner/