CHO reports measles outbreak Print
Saturday, 10 February 2018 16:43

The City Health Office recorded a total of 101 suspected cases of measles from January 1-27 representing a 1,343% increase as compared to the number of cases registered during the same period last year.

The number is way more than the outbreak threshold level and requires immediate and precise response to bring down if not eliminate the number of measles cases.

As this developed, Mayor Beng Climaco Thursday night met with Department of Health-9 Director Emilia Monicimpo, Asst. Director Joshua Brillantes and CHO personnel headed by OIC Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite to discuss the outbreak of measles cases in the city and the immediate solutions to stop the spread of the contagious disease.

The mayor is set to issue an executive order declaring dengue outbreak in the city.

As immediate measures, the CHO in collaboration with DOH-9 will undertake outbreak response immunization to children at risk of measles through the different health centers in the city, according to Dr. Miravite. At the same time, health authorities will strengthen advocacy campaigns to help convince parents to allow their children to be immunized to prevent infections, she said.

Based on CHO records, those afflicted with measles range from less than 1 year old to more than 15 years old and most of the cases were 1-5 years old. The records also show that 49% of those afflicted with suspected measles are males and 51% are females.

Barangays with most number of cases of suspected measles are Sangali with 16 reported cases, Calarian with 10 cases, Arena Blanco with 6 cases, Busay (Sacol Island), San Jose Cawa-cawa, Sta. Catalina and Sta. Maria with 4 cases each; Camino Nuevo, San Roque, Sinunuc and Tumaga Tumaga with 3 cases each; Canelar, Cawit, , Guiwan, Lumbangan, Lunzuran, Mercedes, Putik and Tugbungan with 2 cases each and 24 other barangays with one case each. (Sheila Covarrubias)