Press Release/29 October 2018
DOH-CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) in coordination with the Provincial and City Health Offices of Laguna conducted the first round of “Mental Health Fair for Dengvaxia Vaccinees” with the theme “Malusog na Kaisipan para sa Pangkalahatan Handog ng Kagawaran ng Kalusugan” at the Lijara, Lina, Chipeco Auditorium. Central II Elementary School in Calamba, Laguna on Friday, October 26, 2018.
Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated that the event is part of the continuing commitment and support of the government to provide physical, psycho-social and mental health interventions for Dengvaxia vaccinees including their parents and families.
“This will serve as a debriefing process to vaccinees and their families on the effect made by the Dengvaxia vaccination.Nagkaroon ng epekto sa kanilang pangkalahayang kaisipan at kalusugan na nakakapagpadagdag sa mabagal na pagpapagaling at pagpapalakas ng katawan ng ating mga bata.”
Participants also engaged in the various activities prepared by the regional office including poster making contest, face painting, singing and dancing, and free haircut. Dental health services such as cleaning and tooth extraction and physical check-up were also performed. “Kailangang silang mabigyan ng mga ganitong klase ng gawain para kahit sa isang araw lang ay makalimutan nila ang mukhang magtatagal na epekto ng Dengvaxia sa kanilang kaisipan at kalusugan,” Janairo said.
The regional office also distributed a DV (Dengavaxia Vaccinee) Pack which includes multivitamins and ascorbic acid to further boost their health, oresol, paracetamol, olyset net, quitikill (an insectide powder to kill mosquito larvae), thermometer, soap, mosquito repellant, urinal and an information booklet on the prevention and elimination of dengue mosquitoes.
According to the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU), the municipality of Calamba has the highest number of Dengvaxia recipients in the province with a total of 6,364. Laguna has a total of 35,232 vaccinees.
Janairo also apologized to the 500 families of vaccinees who attended the event during his opening speech, “Unang-una, nahihiya akong humarap sa inyo, dahil may kabulastugan at maling ginawa ang Department of Health sa inyo, ang pagbibigay ng Dengvaxia vaccine. Kaya kayo at ang inyong mga magulang ang naghihirap ngayon na hindi dapat mangyari kung pinag-isipang maigi”.
He added that total assistance is being given to Dengvaxia vaccinees in the region like free medical assistance including laboratory services, hospitalization, medicines, physical check-up and psychosocial activities”.
“The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. We need to provide them the essential support in order to safeguard their welfare and complete their optimal development.”
“Ang kailangan gawin ngayon ay magtulungan, bantayan, palakasin ang pangangatawan at bigyan ng agad na karampatang lunas kung kinakailangan ang mga batang nabakunahan at nakaantabay ang ating gobyerno upang magbigay agad ng tulong,” he concluded.
DOH CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo explains to vaccinees and their parents how to avail of the government assistance for Dengvaxia recipients in the region during his opening message at the "Mental Health Fair for Dengvaxia Vaccinees" held at the Lijara, Lina, Chipeco Auditorium. Central II Elementary School in Calamba, Laguna on Friday, October 26, 2018. The event was attended by 500 participants from various barangays in Calamba.
The top three winners of the Dengvaxia Poster Making Contest presented by DOH CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo (with vest) and other health officials during the "Mental Health Fair for Dengvaxia Vaccinees" held at the Lijara, Lina, Chipeco Auditorium. Central II Elementary School in Calamba, Laguna on Friday, October 26, (At the center from L-R) First place winner Vladimir Andrei S. Acerden, 12 years old, Grade 7 student received a cash prize of PHP1,500; Second placer Marjohn F. Lagrazon, a 12 year-old Grade 7 student received PHP 1,000 and Third place winner, Zyrell Ramrod Cuaycong, also a 7th Grader and 12 year-old received PHP500.