The Department of Health in the 7th region acknowledged that the virus immunization program in the four provinces of Cebu, Siquijor, Bohol and Negros Oriental is linked to controversy with the Dengvaxia vaccine in Manila, which has caused false phobia in rural areas.
The Department of Health noted: NO DENGVAXIA VACCINE came to Negros Oriental and other Visayas provinces, so there is no dangerous effect on our territory.
This false phobia has so greatly exacerbated that even the measles vaccination series is adversely affected and reduced by the release of vaccination.
"We have had a major problem with our immunization program due to Dengvaxia discussions since last year, so we need media assistance to inform our citizens by disseminating information that the measles vaccine has been safe, powerful and effective since more than three decades ago, without leakage of serious side effects, "says dr. Socrates Villamor from the DOH Provincial Office at a press briefing.
The provincial health inspector Dr. Liland Estaccion also revealed that since the last quarter of 2017 there is an increasing number of measles cases in Negros Oriental, DOH is taking additional immunization measures (SIA) or Ligtas Tigdas Plus throughout the region, and the whole country since October 22, this year. by November 23 of this month.
The bait or "tip" in the native language is a very infectious disease that can infect 18 to 20 people per day.
The target audience for immunization against measles is children aged 6 months to 59 months and another dose for an oral polio vaccine in children from the age of one to one year to prevent the spread of the virus.
Provincial health care assistant Dr. Liland Estacion reported that since November 3, 2018, the province has a total of 169 total cases of measles registered at zero deaths, compared with only 12 cases in the same period last year, or an increase of 1.308 percent of victims for one year up to 44 years of age.
The list is complemented by the city of Dumaguete with 47 measles cases, followed by Bacong with 28 cases, Sibulan 18, Bayawan 11, Siaton 10, Sta. Catalina 6, Ayungon and Tanjay City with 5 incidents each, Bayesit, Mabinay, Pamplona, San Jose and Tayasan with 4 cases in each Amlan, Dauin, LaLibertad 3 cases each, Jimalalud, Valencia and Vallehermoso 2 berry cases in each case while Bindoy, Canlaon City, Manjuyod and Zamboanguita with one measly in each.
According to DOH parameters, even if there is only one confirmed case with measles, a measles outbreak is declared.
According to Dr. According to Estacion, small activity was observed in the number of children vaccinated with measles vaccine at the end of last year because of the controversy and perhaps because immunization was selective only in those who had been vaccinated.
In one case, only one parent from the target 90 children in one Negros Oriental State School signed a child bite vaccine. The same applies to other schools in the school immunization program.
Provincial Health Officer Ms Daisy Boac reported 47 cases of measles from January to October this year in Sich Dord province. She said that additional vaccination was carried out on October 22nd this year, until it was 12 baragnays in the municipality of Siquijor and in one of the towns of Barangay in the city of Maria.
About Dumaguete, City Health Manager Dr. I'm Sarah Tall said 47 cases of measles in the city, confirmed by only 30, the youngest victim is five months old and older than 39 months old and 19 adults.
The immune system is performed in 16 city bartenders, where measles cases exceed 1065 children, or about 11.2 percent of the target population.
Dr. Janette Pauline Cortes, DOH Medical Specialist IV, further explained that measles and poliomyelitis vaccines used in the country are the same vaccines that have been used in the rest of the world since the 70s to this day for almost four decades and have shown that they are very effective and safe without any reported complications.
She also said that, since the Philippines has been declared invertebrate in diseases since 2000, the risk remains because of the absence of other countries and, therefore, the risk is significant and the only way to prevent it is through immunization.
Dr Cortes finds that biting can be cured per se, but when it becomes complicated it will cause death due to pneumonia, brain and ear infection, and the only way to protect is through immunization.
She asks mothers to protect their children from measles and poliomyelitis by placing them at certain places for immunization in their respective areas, as one thing can infect 18-20 people a day. If nothing is done, it will be the worst scenario for us. Jr.