Published by: Philippine Information Agency (PIA)
Date: 08 March 2021
ILIGAN CITY, Mar. 8 (PIA)–The inoculation of the initial batch of the city’s medical frontliners commenced today following the arrival of 900 Sinovac vaccines Saturday, March 6.
First hospitals to spearhead the vaccination program are Greogorio T. Lluch Memorial Hospital (GTLMH), the only public hospital in the city, and Adventist Medical Center-Iligan (AMCI), the first hospital in the city to cater COVID-19.
The City Health Office (CHO) through its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) bared that with the given initial Sinovac doses, 485 for GTLMH and 505 for AMCI frontliners will be vaccinated which is foreseen to last for two to three days.
“Dako namong pasalamat sa inyong institusyon and the rest of you who will be taking up the challenge na magdawat sa bakuna karon. Karon ang panahon nga kamo na pud ang unahon para mahatagan sa proteksyon nga atong gikinahanglan tanan,” said Dr. Tristan Labitad of the Department of Health-10 (DOH-10).
[We are thankful to your institution and the rest of you who will be taking up the challenge of receiving the vaccination today. Now is the time to prioritize you in giving protection that we all need.]
Meanwhile, GTLMH Chief Dr. Richillo Daguman, the first frontliner in his hospital to be vaccinated, firmly called on the public to also get vaccinated to overcome the pandemic.
“Gi-encourage nako tanan dili lang sa City Hospital, sa tibuok Iligan nga magpabakuna kay para ma-solve nato ang pandemic. Mao ni ang atong last battle against COVID na problem. Dapat magpabakuna ta. Kung naa pay nagduha-duha, hinaot nga ma-enlighten na sila aron magpabakuna na sila,” Daguman conveyed.
[I am encouraging everyone not just the City Hospital but also the whole Iligan to get vaccinated so that we will solve the pandemic. This is our last battle against the COVID problem. We should get vaccinated. If there are still those who are doubting, I hope they will be enlightened so that they also get vaccinated.]
Likewise, Iligan Medical Society (IMS) President Dr. Armando Isla Jr., one of the first five to be immunized at AMCI, encouraged his fellow health workers and the rest of the population to welcome the vaccination while attesting that no adverse effect was felt after the inoculation.
“I hope na ang among actions will speak louder than words sa pag-encourage namo na ma-vaccinate ang mga tao… Karon, I feel fine. Ang bakuna nga gihatag walay sakit. And I encourage everyone nga pag muabot na gani ang time nga magpavaccinate na, go, para mahuman na gyud ning pandemic,” Isla stated.
[I hope our actions will speak louder than words as we encourage the people to get vaccinated… Right now, I feel fine. The vaccine given does not hurt. And I encourage everyone that when the time comes for you to be vaccinated already, go, so that this pandemic will already be over.]
Among the first five to be vaccinated at AMCI were infectious disease specialist Dr. Leonell Quitos, AMCI President Dr. Edgar Claude Nadal, IMS President Dr. Armando Isla Jr., Vice-President for Medical Dr. Delorina Rowena, and Vice-President for Operations Dr. Nestor Molleda.
On the other hand, GTLMH Chief Dr. Daguman and EOC Cluster Manager Dr. Belinda Lim were the first two to be immunized at GTLMH. # (Claire R. Gigje/PIA-ICIC)