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(Enlightenment—Passage of the Day)

Q.)How powerful is the word of God?

A.) “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than the twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4: 12) Email: jayfeliciano2@yahoo.com

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Dra. Dulce Amor D. Miravite, the newly-appointed Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of the City Health Office (CHO) guested for the first time in lady hizzoner’s weekly CH press-con last Monday (Feb. 12), and she did it with flying colors—same patience and articulation in presenting CHO’s latest health bulletin to the local press, as her predecessor, Dr. Rodel Agbulos.

Lady Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar made the right choice in plucking her, perhaps, from the list of nominees submitted to her office as Dr. Agbulos made up his mind to resign early amid the raging controversy that shrouds the local Puericulture center (#144), Inc. following its forging a lease- contract with Manila-based Freemont Foods Corp. that allowed the latter to construct its Jollibee fast-food chain store inside its ZPC compound.

Unfortunately, it waslater discovered that such a contract of lease (for 25 years) ran contrary to its own laws, for puericulture centers established all across the country, are envisioned solely for puericulture purposes, thus, beyond the commerce of men.

Dra. Miravite, only in her 30s, responded darn well to questions feasted on her about the health status of ZC amid the dengvaxia issue in connection with the mass inoculation of school children of the anti-dengue vaccine manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur to help stamp out the epidemic mosquito-borne dengue fever casesacross the country.

CHO EMBARKS ON MASSIVE IMMUNIZATION VS. MEASLES

She declared that CHO, now under her care, is presently embarking on a massive vaccination campaign to combat the soaring cases of measles in a number of our barangays.

When asked if the highly controversial Dengvaxia issue has somehow affected their current anti-measles immunization campaign, Dra. Miravite answered subtly by stressing that the mass inoculation vs. the highly contagious viral disease, has been programmed ever since, as compared to Dengvaxia, the recently manufactured anti-dengue vaccine to purportedly address the mounting cases of the deadly dengue hemorrhagic fever in the country.

According to the latest medical findings, mosquito-borne disease, like dengue, leads the list of the most deadly animals in the world, ahead of lions, elephants, hippos & crocs. It’s estimated that 600,000 people die each year due to mosquito-bite disease that carries the highly contagious deadly virus.

CASES OF MEASLES DOWN SINCE 1990

As for measles, its history in the Philippines has indicated that the annual mortality rate per 100,000 people, has tremendously decreased by 80.2% since 1990 or an average of 3.5% a year. This is mainly due to the step-up drive on the country’s massive immunization drive versus measles, nationwide.

In the past, prior to the introduction of its intensified anti-measles immunization program in our country, its mortality rate was said to be on its horrendous ratio.

With such a great difference it’s making now, saving more lives versus measles through our health authorities’ consistent massive immunization drive, parents shouldn’t hesitate allowing their kids susceptible to the said disease, to have them vaccinated for preventable measures.

With Dra. Miravite’s innate persuasive skills, CHO’s various immunization programs look upbeat to aptly address the city’s supposed numerous health problems.

Good luck, Dra. Miravite! (By Jun Feliciano) (30)




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