The Department of Health (DOH) Region X, spearheaded by Regional Director Jose R. Llacuna Jr., recently conducted a virtual collaborative meeting with all the Governors, Mayors, PHOs, CHOs, and MHOs in the region to discuss the status of vaccination and deliberate some targets to achieve Herd Immunity coverage in each province/municipalities.
 
Rd Llacuna extends his gratitude to the constant support of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte to all the implemented programs and protocols of the DOH. The DOH Regional Director lauds the practical step taken by the province to mitigate the spread of the virus and reduce the active COVID 19 cases in the area.
 
Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza Dimaporo interactively joined the meeting, where she cites several programs and actions which is still being done in the province to support the vaccination campaign.
 
It was mentioned that the province and some LGUs provide incentives (rice, cash, and canned goods) to motivate the people to get inoculated.
 
Despite the initiatives and efforts of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte, together with the help of the Local Chief Executives, the average of those fully vaccinated in the province remains low. According to the data presented by the DOH, as of October 20, 2021, there are about 16. 07 % have completed their COVID 19 vaccination. The Municipalities of Poona Piagapo (3.09%), Tangcal (4.45%), Baloi (5.50%), Munai (5.79%), and Nunungan (6.98%) are among those municipalities with a low average of fully vaccinated individuals.
 
Governor Angging truly appreciates the cooperation of some LGUs in creating reinforcements to get everyone to participate for their benefit. She also \ appeals for their continued support by being a significant model for their constituencies.
 
“I commend all your activities and plans, but as officials and leaders, we need to be good influencers. Let us encourage them by showing ourselves to be vaccinated to enliven their spirit and change their perceptions towards the vaccines”, Governor Angging said to all key LDN key officials.
 
There are various challenges discussed during the meeting that significantly affect each operation. The distance and the spread of fake news on Social Media drive people to be hesitant with the vaccine. Due to some grievances, Governor Angging mentioned finding alternative and effective ways to bring the vaccines closer to the people.
 
This virtual gathering is connected to the meeting that was held last October 20, 2021, attended by Dr. Jovette Guinal from the PDOHO, Dr. Marujetta Opamen of PHO, Ms. Eugenie P. Pusing, the head of PHRMDO, Ms. Lucita Bering, the Provincial NIP Coordinator, together with some representatives from the DOH CHDNM RVOC – X.
 
The DOH reminds everyone that there is no category prioritization now; they cater ALL 18 years old and above (A1, A2, A3, A4, and A5) and the Rest of the Adult Population (ROAP).
 
Together with the DOH, the Provincial Government led by Governor Angging, through the PHO and IMT, will continue to work on ways to speed up the vaccination in the province carrying the theme “BAKUNADO, KUMPLETO UG PROTEKTADO PARA SA MALIPAYONG PASKO.” PIO-LDN