The Department of Health in Calabarzon, in coordination with the Provincial and City Health Offices of Laguna, conducted the first round of the Mental Health Fair for Dengvaxia Vaccinees with the theme “Malusog na Kaisipan para sa Pangkalahatan Handog ng Kagawaran ng Kalusugan” (A healthy mind for everyone, presented by the DOH) in Calamba, Laguna.
DOH Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo said 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, their parents and families.
He said this will serve as a debriefing process to vaccinees and their families on the effect made by the Dengvaxia vaccination.
“It affected their entire mentality, adding to the snail-paced treatment of the children,” Janairo said.
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.
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 insecticide 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, 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.
Total assistance is being given to Dengvaxia vaccinees in the region like free medical assistance, including laboratory services, hospitalization, medicines, physical checkup 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,” he said. Macon Ramos-Araneta
“What we need to do now is to help, watch and strengthen the bodies of our children and give immediate treatment to children who were administered the vaccines,” Janairo added.