PHO campaigns anti-measles vaccination to parents

from Government of the Philippines
Published on 04 Mar 2019 View Original

By Ma. Joreina Therese A. Blanco

LAOAG CITY, March 1 (PIA) -- Following the measles outbreak declared in some regions in the country, the Provincial Health Office in Ilocos Norte urges parents, guardians, and caregivers to get children vaccinated against the infection.

According to provincial health officer Dr. Josephine Ruedas, “measles is a very contagious disease caused by virus. This can be prevented if a child is fully immunized.”

Unvaccinated children may suffer the symptoms such as fever, dry cough, runny nose, sore throat, inflamed eyes, and skin rashes around 10-14 days after exposure to the virus.

“Measles can be serious for young children as it can lead to pneumonia,” Ruedas said.

If remained untreated, this may lead to more complications such as ear infection, bronchitis, encephalitis, and others.

Now with the massive movement to have children immunized, the PHO stressed out the importance of teaching children to observe personal hygiene such as regular hand washing before and after eating. Moreover, the need to inspect and check the cleanliness of food preparation and drinking water.

The Department of Health (DOH) is also encouraging parents to bring their children in the nearest hospital for the free vaccination against measles for children aged 6-59 months old.

A report from the DOH Region 1 revealed that as of Feb. 28, Ilocos Norte has 13 measles cases.

The PHO vows to conduct intense information dissemination among parents in the province for the importance of measles vaccination. A free vaccination program will also be conducted wherein PHO will be reaching out to some villages in Ilocos Norte. (JNPD/MJTAB/PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)