Sun.Star Pampanga - - FEA­TURE! -

Ac­cord­ing to Provin­cial Health Of­fi­cer Dr. Marcelo Jaochico, the cases were pooled from the re­ports from dif­fer­ent mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties from Jan­uary 1 to De­cem­ber 31 last year. The towns and cities with the high­est num­ber of re­ported cases in­clude An­ge­les City (16 cases), Florid­ablanca (15 cases), Lubao (18 cases), Po­rac (11 cases) and the City of San Fer­nando with (11 cases.)

Out of the 14 re­ported deaths, five have been con­firmed as measles- re­lated.

Gov­er­nor Pineda also strictly or­dered for the trans­fer of in­fected pa­tients to the newly con­structed Dios­dado P. Ma­ca­pa­gal Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal An­nex in San Luis for close mon­i­tor­ing, ob­ser­va­tion and ex­am­i­na­tion to pre­vent the dis­ease in be­com­ing a full-blown epi­demic.

The lady gov­er­nor re­it­er­ated to the pub­lic the im­por­tance of vac­ci­na­tion adding that the measles vac­cine is safe and free.

Ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of Health (DOH), there is an un­ex­pected in­crease in the num­ber of af­fected chil­dren in the province com­pared to 2018.

The DOH’s Re­gional Epi­demi­ol­ogy and Sur­veil­lance Unit (RESU) said that there are 437 cases and six deaths re­ported in Cen­tral Lu­zon from Jan­uary 1 to Fe­bru­ary 7 this year, com­pared to only 32 cases with no death dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

Of the seven prov­inces in Cen­tral Lu­zon, Bu­la­can has the high­est num­ber of measles cases with 144, fol­lowed by Pam­panga with 137; Tar­lac with 89; Bataan with 27; Zam­bales with 23; and Nueva Ecija with 18. The province of Au­rora had no measles case.

The DOH ear­lier warned that 2.4 mil­lion un­vac­ci­nated chil­dren are at risk of con­tract­ing this highly in­fec­tious dis­ease.

Mean­while, Jaochico urged par­ents of new­born ba­bies to go to the near­est health cen­ters and have their chil­dren vac­ci­nated against this in­fec­tious dis­ease.

He also stressed that the lo­cal gov­ern­ment of Pam­panga like­wise sup­ports the house-to-house im­mu­niza­tion cam­paign con­ducted by the DOH in the re­gion.

Measles is a highly in­fec­tious and com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­ease caused by a virus. This can lead to com­pli­ca­tions, such as blind­ness, en­cephali­tis, pneu­mo­nia, di­ar­rhea and even death if not prop­erly man­aged.

Early symp­toms in­cludes high fever, cough, con­junc­tivi­tis and colds.

A measles out­break in Cen­tral Lu­zon was de­clared by re­gional health of­fi­cials last Thurs­day.

— With Ma. Reina Len Luna/ Pam­panga PIO

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