LGU help sought on anti-measles drive

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

THE Pro­vin­cial Health Board of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal passed a res­o­lu­tion urg­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment units in the prov­ince to help in the im­mu­niza­tion drive against measles.

Gover­nor Al­fredo Marañon Jr. presided yes­ter­day the Health Board meet­ing at the Pro­vin­cial Capi­tol fol­low­ing the measles out­break in West­ern Visayas.

As of this year, there are cur­rently two measles-re­lated fa­tal­i­ties in the prov­ince, Pro­vin­cial Health Of­fi­cer Er­nell Tu­mim­bang said.

He said the De­part­ment of Health (DOH) is cur­rently fac­ing a “huge prob­lem” with re­gards to con­trol­ling the spread of measles, es­pe­cially as the num­ber of deaths na­tion­wide has now reached 70 with over 4,300 cases recorded.

As of this year, PHO has al­ready recorded a very sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the num­ber of cases.

The PHO head blamed the re­duced num­ber of vac­ci­na­tions on the Deng­vaxia scare.

Tu­mim­bang said they will tap var­i­ous gov­ern­ment agen­cies, such as the De­part­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pro­vin­cial So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice, De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, and Barangay Health Work­ers to con­duct a mas­sive measles im­mu­niza­tion drive across the prov­ince.*

CAPI­TOL PHOTO

NE­GROS Oc­ci­den­tal Gover­nor Al­fredo Marañon Jr. pre­sides the Health Board meet­ing yes­ter­day fol­low­ing the measles out­break in West­ern Visayas.

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