The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte, through the Provincial Health Office (PHO) led by Dr. Marujeta Isabel Opamen, personally assisted the Department of Health as they started the inoculation of senior citizens at the designated vaccination centers from ten (10) Municipalities last May 3, 2021.
The vaccines inoculated at the Municipalities of Tubod, Magsaysay, Baroy, Kapatagan, Kolambugan, Maigo, Bacolod, Matungao, Baloi, and Pantar were SINOVAC vaccines. The Provincial Health Office (PHO) received a total of 8,090 vaccines last May 1, 2021.
“The goal is to inoculate the elderlies, including those remaining officials and frontliners who will have their second dose of vaccines. Only those elderlies aged 60-70 are allowed to be vaccinated, and for those Senior Citizens aged 65-70, there is a need for medical clearance from their family physicians before they will get vaccinated,” Dr. Opamen said.
As of May 3-8, 2021, a total of 1,379 remaining frontline workers and 2,971 senior citizens were already given their first dose of Sinovac vaccines. Eight hundred thirty-one received their 2nd dose, thus, reaching a total of 5,181 inoculated citizens.
“Senior Citizens are one of those vulnerable sectors during this health crisis; thus, they are the second priority among the population after the frontline health workers. Even though they already have their first dose of vaccine, everyone is still encouraged to strictly follow standard health protocols such as wearing a face mask and observing social distancing,” Dr. Opamen added.
Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza Dimaporo, together with the two active LDN Congressmen, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo of the 1st District and Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo of the 2nd District, constantly support the quest of the DOH and the National Government for global immunization in which they greatly encourage everyone to be more proactive and responsible to contain the spread of the virus. In this time of adversity, Governor Angging appeals to strengthen our unity and work together to uplift the lives of everyone in the province in order to cope up with the new normal. PIO-LDN