DENG­VAXIA CURSE

The CHO recorded 57.1 per­cent of their tar­get in­fants reach­ing one year old were given measles vac­cine from Jan­uary to De­cem­ber 2018

Sun.Star Davao - - FRONT PAGE - BY LYKA AMETHYST H. CASAMAYOR / Re­porter

We want to ed­u­cate the par­ents, es­pe­cially in far-flung ar­eas in the city, that vac­ci­na­tion and im­mu­niza­tion given to them for free is not deng­vaxia.

JULINDA ACOSTA CHO tech­ni­cal divi­sion chief doc­tor

The Deng­vaxia scare is still the main rea­son of the low turnout of par­ents al­low­ing their ba­bies to be given Measles Con­tain­ing Vac­cines (MCV).

Davao City Health Of­fice (CHO) tech­ni­cal divi­sion chief Doc­tor Julinda Acosta said in an in­ter­view with Sun­Star Davao that the low turnout in­di­cates fear and lack of trust from par­ents with the im­mu­niza­tion pro­grams of the gov­ern­ment fol­low­ing the out­break of deng­vaxia case.

The CHO recorded 57.1 per­cent or 26,630 in­fants reach­ing one year old were given MCV from Jan­uary to De­cem­ber 2018 out of the to­tal tar­get pop­u­la­tion of 46,663.

“We want to ed­u­cate the par­ents, es­pe­cially in far-flung ar­eas in the city, that vac­ci­na­tion and im­mu­niza­tion given to them for free is not Deng­vaxia,” Acosta said.

In the data pre­sented by tech­ni­cal divi­sion nurse co­or­di­na­tor Eldy Som­bilon, the low­est turnout of MCV were in the ar­eas of Sasa with only 30.2 per­cent; Bu­nawan with only 35.1 per­cent; and Paquibato with only 36.7 per­cent of its to­tal pop­u­la­tion.

In 2017, the CHO had given MCV to 35,966 in­fants out of 45,794 to­tal tar­get pop­u­la­tion or 78.5 per­cent.

“Dili unta ma­had­lok ang mga par­ents kay sayang kaayo ang mga vac­cines and sayang pud ang op­por­tu­nity na ma-use nila ang pro­tec­tion (I hope that they will not fear the vac­cines any­more be­cause it’s a waste not to use the vac­cines, which is a pro­tec­tion from dis­eases),” Acosta said.

She said they al­ready did ev­ery­thing to in­form the pub­lic that the vac­cines given for free is not deng­vaxia; how­ever, there is still fear shown by par­ents by not giv­ing con­sent to their chil­dren.

Acosta said even their school­based im­mu­niza­tion pro­gram has a low turn-out de­spite the ef­fort to ex­plain that the pro­gram is not us­ing Deng­vaxia.

The CHO tapped the teach­ers to ex­plain to the par­ents that the vac­cines are safe.

Out of 32,528 grade one pupils in the city, only 12,784 or 39.3 per­cent were al­lowed by their par­ents to get Measles and Rubella (MR), while only 13,146 or 40 per­cent get Tetanus and Diph­the­ria (TD).

With the lat­est re­port from the City Epi­demi­o­log­i­cal Surveil­lance Unit (CESU) un­der CHO, there are 22 measles death and 602 sus­pected measles cases from Jan­uary to De­cem­ber 2018.

PHOTO BY FOTOSUNTAR/Mark Peran­dos

The Davao City Health Of­fice (CHO) has recorded a low turnout of in­fants up to one year old given Measles Con­tain­ing Vac­cines (MCV) from Jan­uary to De­cem­ber 2018.

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