The City Health Office affirmed that Zamboanga City is polio-free for six consecutive years now as evident in the data recorded by the same office through a relentless surveillance campaign.
City Health Officer Rodelin Agbulos confirmed the unblemished record of the City as polio-free in time for the observance of the World Polio Day.
Since 2006, Agbulos said that Zamboanga City has not recorded any case of poliomyelitis – a crippling disease commonly referred to as polio or infantile paralysis caused by viral infection.
However, Agbulos is advising the public not to be complacent about the disease that sometimes shows no symptom.
He urged everyone especially parents and guardians to avail of the regular immunization program of this city for their children being conducted every Wednesday in all health centers.
Furthermore, Agbulos lauded the continued support of the Rotary Club of Zamboanga in eradicating polio as empowered in their campaign-battle cry, “End Polio Now.”
The group conducted a billboard slideshow at three different sites in the busiest thoroughfare to include Mayor Cesar C. Climaco Avenue and Mayor Jaldon Street.
The Rotary Club of Zamboanga City Central also led a motorcade form City Hall to Edwin Andrew’s Air Base to unveil its “End Polio Now” logo.
Worldwide since October 2010, Rotary Club has provided funds for polio surveillance, immunization campaigns, and technical assistance in several countries.