January 31, 2013

Advocacy for Human Race Against Rotavirus

It's been a privileged to witness the advocacy of Coach Rio de la Cruz last Sunday, January 27, 2013 held at Pryce Plaza Hotel during the Vaccine Congress 2013 called Human Race Against Rotavirus.

By the way, do you know what Rotavirus is all about? It is actually is the most common cause of severe diarrhea among infants and young children- indeed an enemy that we need to fight! Why? Because 4000 children die everyday aged less than 5 years old and in the Philippines statistics show that there are 13 children die everyday because of this rotavirus-related gastroenteritis.

In this race, losing is more than just being the last to cross the finish line but this time, defeat means loss of thirteen precious lives. We need to fight and win for this enemy and stop it before it's to late, if we only quicken our steps to outrun this enemy!

But how to save this children from rotavirus-related death counts? It is through vaccination where we can prevent this fatal disease. The World Health Organization's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) recommends that rotavirus vaccines be included in all national immunization programs, particularly in countries where diarrhea-related deaths account for more than 10% deaths in children younger than 5 years old.

Through their recommendations, I hope it will somehow reduce overall child mortality in the Philippines and win the race against this fatal yet highly preventable disease. Remember that the faster we act against the rotavirus, the more children we save.

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