Tuesday, March 13, 2018
BACOLOD City – There are no measles cases in this capital city, according to Medical Officer IV Grace Tan.
Tan, who heads the Environmental Sanitation Division of the City Health Office (CHO), said Bacolod have not posted measles cases for the past three years.
She also stressed that CHO’s measles immunization program has been 74 percent completed.
The remaining 26 percent was covered by private doctors, Tan added.
Tan also explained that in case they suspect a patient has measles, his/her blood sample is immediately sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Manila for verification.
Measles – a highly contagious disease caused by a virus – remains to be one of the leading causes of death among young children globally despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine, the World Health Organization has said.
According to Tan, measles immunization starts as early as age zero. She added that the CHO conducts measles immunization program in barangay health centers and schools.
Meanwhile, Department of Health Region 6 Family Health and Nutrition Cluster head Dr. Remelyn Reyes said they may instruct the Negros Occidental Provincial Health Office to hold a massive measles, mumps and rubella vaccination drive across the province.
This after reports circulated that there are four cases of measles in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. The cases were still not verified as of this writing.
Tan and Reyes’ comments came after Davao City declared a measles outbreak in late January.
The disease plagued more than 200 persons there, according to Davao City Health Officer Josephine Villafuerte./PN