Anti-measles drive launched PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 12:36

Aimed to eradicate polio and measles, the City Health Office (CHO) yesterday launched a month-long measles (rubela) immunization program and the oral polio vaccination program in the city.

Mayor Beng Climaco, Department of Health regional director Nimfa Torrizo and City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos spearheaded the launching after the flag raising ceremony in City Hall Monday, Sept. 1.

“We placed an immunization post in all barangays so we ask all government employees to help us spread this information to your neighbors,” said Dr. Agbulos stressing that all other activities such as trainings on health have been halted to give way for the said campaigns.

The program is said to cater the second dose of anti-measles vaccine to children aged zero to five years old for free.

Parents can bring their children to health centers in their barangays to avail of the free vaccines.

Measles is a very contagious (easily spread) infection that causes rash all over the body. It is also called rubeola or red measles. It is one of the leading causes of death among children.

Nationwide, measles killed 122 000 individuals in 2012; that is 330 deaths in a day and 14 deaths per hour.

In retrospect, there was an increase in the measles cases in transitory shelters at Taluksangay and Tulungatung just last month. The CHO then responded by conducting vaccination activities.

Agbulos expressed positivity that the city government will give the CHO a hundred percent support since one of the main thrusts of the Climaco administration is health.

“We want to cater the measles vaccination to all children ages below five years old so that measles will be completely eradicated in Zamboanga,” Dr. Agbulos said.

Also, Dr. Agbulos underscored that the CHO wants to maintain the country’s zero-polio status, thus, the oral polio vaccination will also be a part of the month-long program.

“The vaccination will cater to children nine to 59 months,” Dr. Agbulos finished.

The anti-measles and anti-polio campaigns are implemented nationwide by the Department of Health.-- Juseph G. Elas, WMSU-OJT