DAVAO CITY Oct. 24 (PIA) - A physician from the Bureau of Quarantine of the Department of Health XI clarified that the advisory for travelers to be immunized with anti-polio vaccine is due to the outbreak of the disease in the city.
Dr. Wilson Lim of the Bureau of Quarantine of the DOH XI said their agency is vaccinating foreigners and travelers particularly, overseas foreign workers.
He said their schedule of vaccination at their office in Ramon Magsaysay Avenue Corner Chavez Street is from eight o'clock in the morning to three o'clock in the afternoon.
"Ang office po namin, tabi ng DPWH, yun po ang landmark, R. Magsaysay Corner Chavez Street, where the vaccination is free except for the card which is P300.00," Lim said.
Responding to queries from the members of the 19th City Council, he said that child travelers need to have vaccination records checked in order to insert the vaccination information to the yellow card.
Lim said that adult travelers also need to fill up forms and response to questionnaires if the person has allergies, asthma, pregnancy, drinking anti-immune-suppressant drugs, and cancer.
He said there are countries in the world that require anti-polio vaccination that why it is best that anyone who mulls of traveling abroad must be vaccinated.
"My advice is vaccination. The Philippines requires a person before he departs to be vaccinated to avoid delays in travel," Lim said.
He said countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Indonesia, Somalia and Burma require entrants to have anti-polio vaccination.
Lim said the Philippines is also one of the countries that recommend vaccination of travelers before leaving the country.
"The travel advisory changes every day. It is best to get the vaccine," he said. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)