DOH 7 to public: Be vigilant as measle cases rise

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HEALTH officials in the Central Visayas remind the public to be vigilant and strengthen the fight against measles and other diseases.

Dr. Eugenia Mercedes Cañal, cluster head of the Regional Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (RESU), told reporters on Tuesday, June 7, that Central Visayas has recorded an increase of 163 percent in the measle cases compared from the previous year.

Lapses in routine vaccination were seen as the reason for the rise in measle cases in the region.

"Hopefully ang atu'ng inahan kay magpabakuna na, dili kalimtan nga dapat ang (our mothers should have themselves vaccinated and should not forget that) focus not nly on Covid but also on this notifiable disease and vaccine-preventable disease because measle is one of the vaccine-preventable diseases," said.

Cañal emphasized the importance of achieving herd immunity against measles to prevent an increase of the disease, especially among children.

DOH 7 Director Dr. Jaime Bernadas pointed out that strengthening routine immunization against measles protects the children from complications, especially pneumonia.

Bernadas reminds the parents to bring their children to the rural health center to complete the vaccination of their children against measles, polio and other diseases.

"Herd immunity nato sa measle kay importante kaayo kay (it very important because) it does not really protect the adults but the children because they are the most vulnerable population," Bernadas said.

As of last March 7, around 84 percent or 585,076 of 693,210 eligible children in the region have received vaccination against measles as shown from the data of Chikiting Ligtas sa Dugang Bakuna Batok sa Rubella, Polio, at Tipdas Program.

Mandaue City led the list with 97.95 percent or 33,851 out of 34,559 eligible children vaccinated against measles, followed by Lapu-Lapu City with 97 percent or 37,729 out of 38,896 eligible children, Cebu province with 89.24 percent or 249,945 out of 280,080 children; Bohol with 80.13 percent or 97,688 out of 121,912 children; Negros Oriental with 78.16 percent or 95,349 out of 121,991 children.

Meanwhile, Siquijor has vaccinated about 77.37 percent or 6,074 out of 7,851 eligible children and Cebu City with 73.29 percent or 64,440 out of 87,921 eligible children.

Children around the age of nine to 59 months are eligible to receive vaccine against measles-rubella.

On the other hand, at least eight food poisoning cases were recorded in the region this year.

Cañal told reporters on Tuesday that most of the cases involved eating pork lechon and leftover foods during picnics and outings.

"Very important to reheat (food) properly and be careful in handling also the food preparation," Cañal said. (EHP/TPT)

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