Thousands vaccinated in ‘Chikiting Ligtas’ campaign 

A baby gets a dose of a polio vaccine.

Bacolod City – More than 5,000 children in the town of E. B. Magalona in Negros Occidental received vaccines in the first six days of the supplemental immunization campaign of the Department of Health (DOH) dubbed “Chikiting Ligtas,” according to the Municipal Health Office (MHO) Wednesday.

The MHO reported that 2,611 children were vaccinated against measles and rubella (MR), while 3,041 kids received oral polio vaccines (OPVs).

Likewise, 1,691 children received Vitamin A supplementation in the same activity.

The figure represents 46.57 percent of the MHO target for MR vaccination of children aged 9 to 59 months, and 46.49 percent for OPV for children 0 to 59 months old.

“Chikiting Ligtas” is a month-long campaign of the DOH which is also called “MR-OPV SIA” or “Measles Rubella- bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine Supplementary Immunization Activity.”

In a video message, Mayor Marvin Malacon encouraged all Saraviahanon parents to have their children vaccinated against measles, rubella, and polio.

“As parents, the health and well-being of our children is our utmost concern. As much as possible, we don’t want them to get sick, hospitalized, or worse, die from illnesses that could have been prevented through vaccination. As responsible parents, one way to ensure the protection of our children is to have them vaccinated against vaccine-preventable diseases,” Malacon said.

The MHO started the “Chikiting Ligtas” campaign on May 2, and continued on May 3, 4, 8, 9, and 10 in various barangays.

Of the 23 barangays in the municipality, the vaccination teams have so far visited Poblacions I, II, and III, Alacaygan, Alicante, Batea, Canlusong, Consing, Cudangdang, Madalag, Manta-angan, Nanca, San Isidro, San Jose, Sto. Niño, Tanza, and Tomongtong.

The MHO officially launched the “Chikiting Ligtas” 2023 campaign at the Public Plaza last May 3, which was attended by MHO doctors, nurses, midwives, DOH-deployed personnel, development management officers, BHW (barangay health workers), and BNS (barangay nutrition scholars).

The launching ceremony was graced by Punong Barangay Jovy Escala of Poblacion I, Punong Barangay Rolando Banasig of Poblacion III, and Matthew Louis Malacon, president of Barangay Kagawad Association of Saravia (BAKAS).

Also present were Provincial Health Office personnel, including Family Health and Nutrition cluster coordinator Dr. Gabby Palacios, Provincial Family Planning coordinator Nicea Jerez, and Family Planning alternate Evangeline Tupang.


Joining them were personnel from the Municipal Police Station, Municipal Fire Station, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.