CHO resumes mass vaccination vs measles Print
Wednesday, 04 April 2018 16:26

By RG Antonet Go

The City Health Office (CHO) has resumed their Outbreak Response Immunization (ORI)  last Monday to arrest the continued spread of measles in Zamboanga city.

“It’s still in the outbreak level.  It’s not yet totally controlled but compared to the previous weeks, we have a lower number of cases,”  said Dr. Ivy Rozeth Saavedra- Iturralde, Head-CESU.

The immunization program was extended to be able to reach the 95% target the CHO is trying to accomplish.

The CHO is currently only able to vaccinate 66% of its target population.

The figure represents 74,462 children.  The health office is trying to vaccinate a total of 121,928 children under the program.

Parents of 2,002 children refused to have the latter vaccinated.

The first phase of the immunization program started last February 19 and lasted until March 23.

Children aged 6 to 59 months were vaccinated with the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine.

The immunization program was launched following the declaration of a measles outbreak in Zamboanga City by Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco- Salazar under Executive Order BC 333-2018.

The city now has 331 suspected measles cases from January to March this year.  (RGAAGo)