DOH urged to vaccinate 1.93 million kindergartners

A party-list lawmaker urged the Department of Health to vaccinate the 1.93 million children in the new kindergarten program of the Department of Education (DepEd).

LPGMA party-list Rep. Arnel Ty filed House Resolution 1456 that also urged the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the National Food Authority (NFA) to mobilize available resources and launch feeding and rice distribution campaigns for DepEd’s new preschoolers aged five years old and below.

The resolution came shortly after President Aquino signed the Mandatory Immunization Law for Infants and Children or Republic Act 10152.

“The toddlers gathered in DepEd’s preschools provide the national government a new captive audience and an excellent opportunity to aggressively and methodically advance child health and nutrition through vaccination and feeding drives,” Ty said.

He said if implemented, his proposal would also encourage needy families to send and keep their children in DepEd’s kindergarten program.

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