City Gov’t steps up Measles Immunization Drive
TACLOBAN CITY (CIO) – Following an appeal by Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez to parents in Tacloban City to have their children vaccinated against Measles, the City Health Office (CHO) has stepped up its measles immunization drive in the barangays. In an effort to abate the effects of the measles outbreak, the CHO is now conducting house to house vaccinations, and City District Health Centers are now open even on weekends.
As of February 28, 2019, Measles cases have reached 142 in Tacloban, including 5 deaths. Most measles cases in the City came from San Jose, V & G Sub Division and Cabalawan.
City Health Officer Dr. Jaime Opinion in an interview over radio program “Sumat Tacloban,” said that the immunization drive will primarily be targeting 16,000 children aged 6 to 9 months old who were not immunized in the past year because of the “Dengvaxia scare.”
According to Opinion, the “6 to 9 months old” age group is being prioritized because they are the most susceptible to measles infection. He added that most deaths from measles also happen within this age range.
Another 10, 000 to 15,000 children in Kinder to Grade 6 age group will also be targeted by the intensive campaign that will include Polio Vaccine and Vitamin A Supplementation.
The official assured that the vaccine is proven safe and effective as it has been used since the 1960s.
Meanwhile, measles vaccines are available in Sagkahan, San Jose, V & G Subdivision, Abucay, Diit Suhi, and the Main health in Kanhuraw, from 8: 00 to 5:00 pm daily.
The Department of Health has sent 48 volunteers to help in the immunization drive in Tacloban. – H. J. Roca/CIO
Photos show volunteer health workers attending an orientation activity on the intensive measles vaccination drive at the City Health Office on Monday./via D. Abarquez/CIO