'Sad­dened' Duterte orders DOH to ad­dress measles out­break

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Pthe coun­try.

"He (Duterte) was sad­dened," Panelo said in a press con­fer­ence when asked about the Pres­i­dent's re­ac­tion on the measles out­break.

"You know, the Pres­i­dent is al­ways af­fected by any neg­a­tive out­come that re­lates to chil­dren. Malungkot siya kaya sabi niya gawan ng paraan kaa­gad (He's sad­dened so he said it should be ad­dressed im­me­di­ately)," he added.

Ear­lier Thurs­day, the DOH an­nounced that the measles out­break has spread

o more ar­eas in Lu­zon and Visayas. A day af­ter the re­ported measles out­break in Metro Manila and Cen­tral Lu­zon, the DOH ex­panded the dec­la­ra­tion to Cal­abar­zon, West­ern Visayas, and Cen­tral Visayas.

As of Jan­uary 26, Cal­abar­zon had 575 measles cases and nine deaths, ac­cord­ing to a data from the DOH.

Mean­while, West­ern Visayas recorded 104 cases and three deaths, while Cen­tral Visayas re­ported 71 cases and one death.

Measles, a highly con­ta­gious dis­ease, can be passed through cough­ing, sneez­ing, and per­sonal con­tact. Symp­toms of measles in­clude red eyes, runny cough and colds, fever, and skin rashes for more than three to seven days.

Com­pli­ca­tions of measles in­clude se­vere di­ar­rhea, mid­dle ear in­fec­tion, pneu­mo­nia, blind­ness, swelling of the brain, and mal­nu­tri­tion, which may lead to death.

Panelo said Duterte had re­ceived as­sur­ance from Health Sec­re­tary Fran­cisco Duque III that his de­part­ment is ex­haust­ing all ef­forts to ad­dress the measles out­break.

Among the DOH's ini­tia­tives were the con­duct of mas­sive im­mu­niza­tion and in­for­ma­tion drive on vac­cines, Panelo noted.

"Well he (Duterte) said that the De­part­ment of Health should do some­thing about the out­break and Sec­re­tary Duque said, 'We're al­ready do­ing some­thing about it,'" the Palace of­fi­cial said.

"Sec­re­tary Duque said, 'We're al­ready do­ing some­thing about it. So we're con­duct­ing a mas­sive im­mu­niza­tion, plus in­for­ma­tion cam­paign that it's bet­ter to pre­vent than to cure,'" he added. (Ruth Abbey Gita/SunS­tar Philip­pines)

RES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte, who was "sad dened" by the re­ported out­break of measles in the coun­try, has or­dered the De­part­ment of Health (DOH) to come up with mea­sures that would im­me­di­ately pre­vent the spread of the highly in­fec­tious dis­ease.

A child gets an anti-measles vac­cine.(SunS­tar File)

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