The Department of Health-National Capital Region (DOH-NCR) launched Monday a massive measles vaccination campaign following the increase in the number of cases recorded in the metropolis.
The vaccination was held at the covered court of Purok Molave, Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City although teams will be deployed in 17 other local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila.
DOH-NCR Regional Director Dr. Eduardo Janairo said in a statement that the agency will not wait for an epidemic of measles to spread and affect a large number of children.
“It must be stopped aggressively so that we can prevent large-scale outbreaks that can lead to serious illness and even death,” Janairo said.
He further explained that a vaccination was to ensure that virus transmission will be averted since there is still no treatment or cure for measles.
“It is best to have yourself and your children vaccinated to be protected,” he said. “I call on all parents to go to the nearest health center in your community and have your 1-12 years old children vaccinated against measles.”
“As parents, we have the responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our children,” he added.
At present, local health officials have started to seek vulnerable children aged zero to 59 months old in their areas to be vaccinated.
A total of 233 confirmed measles cases from Jan. 1 to Dec. 14 this year, according to the DOH-NCR Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit
There were three deaths reported, a nine-month-old child in Caloocan, a four-month-old in Malabon and a two-year-old in Muntinlupa. PNA