The Quezon City Health Department has mobilized its corps of community health workers to actively look for fever cases among children to make sure they will be referred to health centers and given appropriate intervention to avoid serious implications.
City Health Officer Dr. Verdades Linga said the City Health Department has already taken steps to arrest the increase in measles cases even before the declaration of an outbreak last Wednesday, 6 February.
“We received reports of increasing measles cases as early as the 2nd week of January that’s why we immediately activated our Outbreak Response Immunization plan wherein immunization teams were sent out to administer vaccines to children age six months to five years old,” she said.
As this develop, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista is appealing to parents to bring their children six months to five years old to the nearest health center to have them vaccinated as soon as possible against measles.
“Measles vaccine is safe and free in all health centers and public hospitals,” Mayor Bautista said after meeting with city health officials following the declaration of a measles outbreak in Metro Manila
From January 1 to 26, a total of 108 cases of measles with eight deaths were reported to the QC Health Department. The most affected age group were 1 to 4-years-old.
As of February 1, the QC Health Department managed to vaccinate a total of 965 children.
The QC Health Department is likewise tracing “active defaulters” or children who have missed their scheduled measles immunization.
Dr. Linga calls on to the parents of children who are showing symptoms of flu and fever to immediately bring their children to the nearest health center.
“Bukas ang lahat ng health centers magpunta lang sila. If there are symptoms of measles, dalhin sa pinakamalapit na health center,” Dr. Linga said.
Meanwhile, Malacanang urged local government units to implement similar massive canpaign and do their share in implementing the government’s immunization program to alleviate the measles outbreak in some parts of the country,.
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Department of Health to conduct a “vigorous campaign” to promote the complete immunization for children.