CITY OF MALOLOS – Bulacan Governor Wilhemino M. Sy-Alvarado has once again reiterated the importance of having measles vaccination to prevent the widespread of the disease, which at present is considered to have an outbreak in National Capital Region and Central Luzon.
Alvarado said during the Stakeholders’ Meeting “Oplan: Ligtas Tigdas” held today at the Balagtas Hall in Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center here that volunteers including the Barangay Health Workers, Lingkod Lingap sa Nayon and Mother Leaders are the ones fronting and serving the Bulakenyos who are at the helm of the community, thus giving them more opportunity to talk and convince the Bulakenyos to have the measles vaccine.
“Kailangan po nating magtulungan upang mapigilan ang pagdami ng mga kaso ng may tigdas sa Bulacan. Ang atin pong mga volunteer worker ay malaki ang maitutulong sapagkat sila ang direktang nakakasalamuha ng ating mga kalalawigan. Higit nilang maipaliliwanag ang benepisyo ng pagkakaroon ng bakuna kontra sa tigdas kaya sana po ay huwag tayong mapagal sa pagpapayo at pagkalinga sa ating mga kalalawigan,” Alvarado said.
The governor added that even before the Department of Health has declared a measles outbreak in Region 3 last Thursday, the measles cases in Bulacan has been very alarming, which prompted the Provincial Government of Bulacan to act and address the issue quickly.
“Yung isang buhay hindi natin kayang palitan. Now the health secretary is pleading to extend vaccinations even on weekends, meaning overtime. Palagay ko kung buhay naman ang hinahabol natin, hindi tayo tatanggi, kung ano ang magagawa natin ngayon gawin na natin at tayo po ay sama-sama sa laban na ‘to,” Alvarado said.
Based on the recent report from the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU), Bulacan has 286 suspected measles cases from January 1 to February 2, 2019 that is equivalent to 3,985 percent higher than that of 2018 reports during the same period with only 12 cases. The record also shows six measles related deaths with a case fatality rate of two per 100 cases.
Meanwhile Dr. Sheila Yu, DOH RO3, ensures the stakeholders that there is no vaccine shortage at the regional level.
“Kung nakumpleto ang bakuna, 95 percent protected na kaya siguraduhin na mabibigyan ng booster kapag Grade 1 at Grade 7 na sila. So ang goal natin ay wala ni isang batang Bulakenyo ang hindi mababakunahan, ito ay libre, panahon lang ang ilalaan nila,” Dr. Yu explained.
Dr. Jocelyn Gomez, Provincial Health Officer, also discussed the strategies to prevent the spread of measles including achieving MCV 95 percent coverage of target clients, provision of Vitamin A, providing catch up immunization for missed children, conduct rapid coverage assessment after defaulter tracking and submission of report.
For inquiries, please contact the Provincial Health Office-Public Health at telephone number 044-791-8169 or visit their Facebook Page, PHO Bulacan.