CHO monitors measles cases PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 March 2011 16:23

The City Health Office has monitored over the weekend cases of measles among minors from Lustre, Sta. Catalina and Calarian, this city.

Of the 9 suspected cases, two have been serologically tested positive of the disease, said City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos.

While Zamboanga City is only taking care of two patients, regions like NCR (National Capital Region) and Region 3 have already experienced an outbreak of this viral disease which is prevalent during summer.
Because of this, the Department of Health (DOH-9) under Regional Director Aristides Tan immediately instructed all local health offices to ensure that no infant and more children will have to suffer from these old vaccine-preventable disease.

In order to prevent the occurrence of similar dilemma as that of NCR and Region 3, DOH is scheduled to conduct Measles-Rubella Supplemental Immunization Activity (MR-SIA) in April in the different barangay health centers in the region.

Anti-measles immunization is a yearly activity by concerned health offices and the new cases that have been registered have alarmed health officials.

In this year’s immunization program, DOH would intensify its routine immunization activities for Diptheria, Pertussis and Tetanus (DPT) vaccine and to further intensify its follow up of defaulters (who failed to complete the immunization) and missed children for anti-measles immunization.

Last year, there were 173 suspected cases of measles but after the serological testing conducted among the patients, no one has been found positive. — Jimmy Villaflores