SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: Provincial and city health officers here urge every resident to seek professional medical help for the treatment of their children who contacted measles instead of resorting to traditional primitive cure.
Dr. Hector Beñas and Dr. Eduardo Posadas made the call during a measles-free and anti-polio vaccination activity in the city on Monday.
“We do not have a scientific proof that measles-infected patients were cured by primitive remedies,” Beñas told The Manila Times.
He instead encouraged mothers to go to rural health centers immediately when their children show symptoms of the infection, such as skin rashes and recurring fever.
In provinces in the Philippines, most people still believe in the medical myth of rubbing grilled red shallots on patients and then spoon-feed them with the yolk of hard-boiled egg as treatment for measles.
The objective is for the rashes to come out on the skin and face, which they believe will cure the patient.
“It is a dangerous method, the patient may suffer from infections as we all know, measles include fever with coughs and colds,” Posadas said.
He added that it may lead to respiratory illnesses like bronchopneumonia if not checked by doctors.
Posadas and Benas appealed to the public not to resort to the traditional cure.
The Ligtas-Tigdas and polio vaccination will be given for a month as health officials listed a total of 103, 488 measles-rubella target population, while polio vaccination has a total target population of 121, 486 in La Union and San Fernando City, alone.
As of January to June this year, six cases of measles were recorded in La Union with one fatality in Santol town, where a measles outbreak was earlier declared.
The total target population to be vaccinated for both illnesses in Region I is 4,992,899 according to Ligtas-Tigdas organizers.
San Fernando is aiming to be the Northern Luzon Health and Wellness center by 2020.