WHO: PH ranks third in highest number of measles cases
Aileen Cerrudo • August 27, 2019 • 1668
The World Health Organization (WHO) has ranked the Philippines third among top ten countries with the highest number of measles cases in the world.
The Philippines recorded a total of 45,847 measles cases over a 12-month period up to June 2019. Madagascar ranked first, with over 150,000 cases and Ukraine followed with over 84,000 cases.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), the surge of measles cases in the country is due to vaccine hesitancy, which is defined by WHO as a “delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite availability of vaccination services.”
“This refers to mothers who became hesitant to have their children vaccinated with vaccines that were long proven to be effective,” the DOH said.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III had previously appealed to the “public to rebuild [your] trust and confidence in vaccines that were long proven to be effective.”—AAC
Vice President Leni Robredo who is also the co-chairman of the government’s anti-illegal drug program, said that the majority of the illegal drugs in the country came from China.
After the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) Enforcement Cluster Meeting on Thursday (November 14), Robredo said this is based on the reports they currently have.
“Kasi iyong pinaka-report talaga sa atin ngayon, karamihan sa supply na pumapasok dito, galing China. Pati iyon mga nahuhuli sa ma nago-operate within the Philippines, karamihan Chinese nationals or Filipino-Chinese national (Because based on the reports we have, most of the supply entering the country came from China. Even those who are arrested for operating in the Philippines, most of them are Chinese nationals or Filipino-Chinese nationals),” she said.
The vice president also said she wants to collect more data and review the information they have gathered regarding the supply of illegal drugs entering the country.
However, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Chief Aaron Aquino the drugs entering the country came from the Golden Triangle Drug Syndicate.
The Golden Triangle, Aquino said, is an area on the border of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos.
Aquino added that due to the crackdown of illegal drugs in China, drug syndicates in the said country opted to get their supply from other places instead of manufacturing it.
Meanwhile, Robredo also plans to coordinate with other countries including the United States regarding the drug war in order to strengthen the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang does not deny being concerned about recent reports that the Philippines is currently the world’s top rice importer.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, such report may be true but the government is making sure that the Department of Agriculture (DA) is on top of the situation.
“Ginagawa naman ni Secretary Dar ang kaniyang mga pamamaraan (Secretary Dar is finding ways) to solve whatever problems confronting the farmers,” Panelo said.
The report published by the United States’ Department of Agriculture-Foreign Agricultural Services (USDA-FAS) projected the Philippines rice importation to reach a record high by year-end – about 3 million metric tons – the highest in the world and the country’s highest ever recorded.
This projection is way higher than China, the biggest rice importer so far at 2.5 million metric tons by year-end.
Malacañang, meanwhile, blames the country’s lack of irrigation as the main reason for the increase in rice importation. – MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)
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