CITY OF MALOLOS – In line with the Provincial Government of Bulacan’s intent to strengthen and intensify measles vaccination drive, Bulacan Acting Governor Daniel R. Fernando has called on the support of Bulakenyos particularly the parents, guardians, caregivers, Health Partners of the local government as well as the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to fight against measles in the province.
He urged the cooperation of every one especially now that measles cases are rising in the province.
“Taimtim pong hinahangad ng inyong lingkod ang pakikiisa ng bawat Bulakenyo upang sa ating kolektibong pagkilos ay ganap nating mapababa, kung hindi man ganap na mapuksa ang paglaganap ng tigdas sa ating lalawigan,” Fernando said.
In connection, the acting governor ordered the concerned health providers to make sure that all babies who are 9 and 12 months old will be vaccinated against measles. Aside from this, he appealed to parents to avail of the free immunization and service for infants and children ages 6 to 59 months through coordination with their nearest health center.
“Bagama’t mayroon pa ring agam-agam ang ating mga kababayan pagdating sa bakuna, ito pa rin ang pinakamabisang paraan upang tuluyang mapababa ang kaso ng tigdas. Ang bakuna kontra tigdas ay lubos nang napatunayang ligtas at ito ay pandaigdigang pamamaraan upang ang sakit na ito ay hindi na makahawa at kumalat pa sa komunidad”, Fernando said.
According to Dr. Jocelyn Gomez, head of Provincial Health Office-Public Health, apart from the health stakeholders, among others’ meeting that was held, the Provincial Government of Bulacan also distributed ‘kalatas’ or message and fliers for everyone to disseminate information about measles including its symptoms, complications, transmission and prevention.
Meanwhile, PHO-PH data showed a 156% increase in the number of measles cases compared to last year 2017 and a total of five measles-related deaths in the whole province.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that first destroy the respiratory tract or the air passage before the whole body.