DOH Region 1 reports increase in measles cases
By Jolina O. Mendoza
SAN FERNANDO CITY, April 8 (PIA) - - The Department of Health (DOH) reported an increasing trend in measles cases in the Ilocos Region
In the recently conducted first quarter meeting of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, Dr. Rosario Pamintuan, head of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the DOH Region 1, said from January 1, 2019 to March 23, 2019, there have been 1,160 measles cases recorded including 28 fatalities.
Of the total cases, 941 were recorded in Pangasinan; 158 in La Union; 46 in Ilocos Sur, and 15 in Ilocos Norte. The 28 fatalities were all listed in Pangasinan.
“There has been 1,364 percent increase from the same period last year,” Pamintuan said.
Comparing it to the cases reported in the same period last year, only 85 cases were listed in which Pangasinan had 32 cases; La Union – 35; Ilocos Sur – 9 and Ilocos Norte 9 with 6 fatalities, all in Pangasinan.
To control the rising cases of measles in Region 1, Pamintuan said the health department is relentless in implementing intensified measles surveillance activities with the assistance from the health centers of the local government units followed by the conduct of massive vaccination.
"We need the cooperation of all government agencies and stakeholders to disseminate information encouraging parents to bring their children to the health centers for anti-measles vaccination," she said.
“All children with an age ranging from six months to 59 months should avail the free anti-measles vaccination for their health safety,” she added.
She said measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus but it is preventable provided the children should be vaccinated.
She also informed that measles is a communicable disease that can transferred from person-to-person by sneezing, coughing, and close personal contact. The disease’s symptoms are presence of cough, runny nose, red eyes/conjunctivitis, fever, skin rashes lasting for more than three days. (JNPD/FGL/JOM-PIA intern