The number of individuals with measles in Davao City has climbed to more than 200 since January 6.
MANILA, Philippines — The number of individuals with measles in Davao City has climbed to more than 200 since January 6.
Dr. Josephine Villafuerte said that of the 224 suspected cases, 17 individuals are confirmed to have measles, while four infants aged 6-months old to two years old died due to the said viral disease.
This prompted local government officials to declare a measles outbreak in the entire City.
“Number 1, we know there are more than 400 families who evacuated to Davao City from outside many from Marawi. That’s one matter they saw. The other factors that contribute to the sudden rise, for children are that they are malnourished, their nutrition is not good, their immunity is also not strong. They can easily contract the disease, but this is a communicable disease,” said Villafuerte.
The local government assured Davao City residents of having enough supply of vaccines against measles.
“Rest assured. We have a good government now. The vaccines medicines are readily available. To those who are afraid of Dengvaxia, well this happened in the previous administration. The doctor said these vaccines will be coming out. Rest assured these are 101 percent safe,” said Councilor Jesus Melchor Quitain Jr.
Around 13,000 children aged five months old to five years old have received the anti-measles vaccine from the health office following the rise in the cases of the viral disease in the city.
Aside from the free house-to-house vaccination and health center based immunization, the local government is now intensifying its awareness campaign against measles in villages and private establishments.
Parents are also advised to immediately bring to the nearest hospital or health center their children who are showing symptoms of the viral disease such as fever, cough and cold, sore throat, and skin rashes to prevent it from worsening. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue