The Ministry of Health of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) officially launched on Tuesday morning, March 12, the Fatwa or Islamic Ruling on immunization.

The Fatwa on immunization, which was approved by the scholars in the Regional Darul Ifta, seeks to promote vaccination as a safe and efficient way to prevent some common diseases in the Bangsamoro region.

Dr. Zul Qarneyn Abas, MOH deputy minister, said they thought of tapping the Regional Darul Ifta to come out with the Fatwa after finding out that many of the parents in the region ”tend to refuse immunization because they were unsure if vaccination was consistent with their faith.”

With the Fatwa on immunization, the Health Ministry is hoping to increase the immunization rates across the Bangsamoro region. (Bureau of Public Information)

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