Prov­ince ex­tends measles vac­cine cam­paign

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Futch An­thony Inso COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The Cebu Provin­cial Health Of­fice (CPHO) is ex­tend­ing its map-up im­mu­niza­tion cam­paign against measles for two more weeks due to low turnout of chil­dren who have been vac­ci­nated.

“Maybe it’s be­cause on the is­sues of the vac­cines that were given in the past, that’s why par­ents are now afraid,” said Maria Lor­raine Gim­per­oso, Child Care nurse co­or­di­na­tor of CPHO.

She said that based on their ex­pe­ri­ence, although some par­ents re­fused to have their child im­mu­nized, they later changed their mind af­ter the health work­ers ex­plained to them the pur­pose of the vac­cine.

Gim­per­oso said that based on their par­tial mon­i­tor­ing, only 20 per­cent of the tar­geted pop­u­la­tion of chil­dren were im­mu­nizedsincethema­pup im­mu­niza­tion started on Oc­to­ber 23, 2018.

“Out of 327,121 tar­geted pop­u­la­tion, par­tially we’ve only recorded around 65,424 chil­dren who re­ceived the vac­cine,” she added.

Dur­ing the map-up im­mu­niza­tion, Gim­per­oso said par­ents are en­cour­aged to bring their chil­dren to the health cen­ters for their sched­uled im­mu­niza­tion.

Those who fail to go to the health cen­ters will be vis­ited by the CPHO at their house.

All chil­dren ages 6 to 59 months are re­quired to un­dergo measles vac­ci­na­tion due to rise of measles cases this year.

“As much as pos­si­ble, we are tar­get­ing 100 per­cent cov­er­age. But due to con­straint of time, we are hop­ing to achieve the 50 to 60 per­cent cov­er­age,” he added.

Gim­per­oso also re­it­er­ated that the vac­cine is safe and has been proven ef­fec­tive and that par­ents should not be afraid.

Measles dis­ease is man­i­fested through fever, rashes, runny nose, and red eyes, among oth­ers.

The ex­ten­sion of the map-up im­mu­niza­tion will last un­til the sec­ond week of De­cem­ber.

Based on the mon­i­tor­ing of the De­part­ment of Health in Cen­tral Visayas (DOH-7) from Jan­uary to De­cem­ber 1, 2018, Cen­tral Visayas has al­ready recorded 351 cases of measles, with two deaths.

This is 562 per­cent higher com­pared to the same pe­riod last year with 53 cases.

In Cebu prov­ince, 94 cases of measles have al­ready been re­ported, wherein Cebu City got the high­est cases with 28, fol­lowed by Lapu-Lapu City with 11 cases, Man­daue City with nine cases and the towns of Cor­dova and Ba­dian with seven cases each.

In the whole re­gion, Du­maguete City in Ne­gros Ori­en­tal has recorded the high­est num­ber of measles cases with 47.

Last March, seven LGUs in­Ne­grosOri­en­tal­w­ereput un­der measles out­break, which was fol­lowed by the prov­ince of Siqui­jor. A catch-up vac­ci­na­tion was then im­ple­mented in the month of April and May in those ar­eas.

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