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Bulacan continues to curb growing measles cases
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
CITY OF MALOLOS - The Provincial Government of Bulacan (PGB) thru the Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) is working closely with mayors and private and government hospitals in the province in response to the continuous increase of measles cases, one of the world’s most infectious diseases.

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said that the province is continuously doing efforts to reach places with suspected cases and the farthest areas in Bulacan to inhibit the growing numbers of Bulakeños allegedly infected with measles virus.

Currently, the PGB thru PPHO issued Health Advisory to local chief executives and Memorandum to private and government hospitals to conduct tracking of unimmunized children through house to house surveillance & campaign, giving immunization to target population (less than 5 years), provision of Vitamin A to detected suspected measles patient, continuing surveillance in the community and daily reporting of measles suspected cases, community awareness activities, daily monitoring of admitted patients in district hospitals and release of daily disease status for updates.

On the other hand, the Bulacan Medical Center also conduct immunization and supplementation of Vitamin A among measles suspect patients at OPD/ER of the hospital, designated isolation rooms for measles cases admitted in the institution [Isolation B2 (beside the PICU) and Rm.301] and facilitated the collection of serum sample for confirmation of suspected cases.

The Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU) listed 158 suspected cases of Measles and said that all reports were submitted by different reporting units of the province trained on Philippine Integrated Disease Surveillance & Response.

Dr. Jocelyn Gomez, Provincial Health Officer said that two mortalities were noted due to complications brought about by measles. A 2-year old boy from Biclat, San Miguel, Bulacan and recently a 6-month old baby girl from Tabing-ilog, Marilao died due to severe pneumonia.

“Malolos City has the highest number of cases (32 cases) followed by Hagonoy with (20 cases). None of these cases were yet to be considered as laboratory confirmed. All measles suspected cases are confirmed through subjecting blood sample of a suspect case to RITM. ‘Yung mga pasyente na subject for confirmation were cases that qualified with the standard case definition of the disease: history of fever, with maculopapular rash, with cough, coryza, or conjunctivitis,” Gomez explained.

According to the Department of Health, measles remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. ###

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