Department of Health Services in Region 7 admitted the measles vaccination program in four provinces of Cebu, Siquijor, Bohol and Negros Oriental hit the impetus for controversy over Dengvaxia in Manila, which has created a false phobia among mothers in rural areas,
Dept of Health noted: NOT DENGVAXIA VACCINE reached Negros Oriental and other Visayas provinces, so there are no dangerous consequences in our area.
This fake phobia is cascaded so much that even measles vaccine series have a negative impact and reduced because of public rejection together vaccinated.
"We have a big problem with our immunization program because of the Dengvaxia controversy since last year and that's why we need media help in informing our population of spreading information that the measles vaccine is safe, powerful and effective for more than three decades before, without any record serious side effect, "says Dr Socrates Villamor of the DOH Provincial Unit at a press conference.
Asst Provincial Health Officer Dr Liland Estaccion also discovered that there are an increasing number of measles in Negros Oriental since the last quarter of 2017. DOH conducts additional immunization activity (SIA) or Ligtas Tigdas Plus across the region and the entire country for this issue from October 22 to November 23 this month.
Diseases or "tipdas" in the national language are very contagious diseases that can infect 18 to 20 other people in one day by only one person.
The targeted population for the renal immunization activity is children aged 6 months to 59 months and the second dose for oral polio vaccine for children up to one year to counteract the spread of the virus.
Assistant Provincial Medical Officer Dr. Liland Estacion reported that as of November 3, 2018, a total of 169 cases of measles were recorded with zero deaths compared to only 12 cases of the same period last year or an increase of 1.308 percent for victims aged over one year to 44 years.
At the top of the list is Dumaguete City with 47 cases of measles, followed by Bacong with 28 cases, Sibulan 18, Bayawan 11, Siaton 10, Sta. Catalina 6, Ayungon and Tanjay City with 5 cases, Bais City, Mabinay, Pamplona, San Jose and Tayasan with 4 cases, Amlan, Dauin, LaLibertad 3 cases, Jimalalud, Valencia and Vallehermoso 2 cases each while Bindoy, Canlaon City , Manjuyod and Zamboanguita with one case of measles.
Under DOH parameters, even with only one confirmed measles case, a measles epidemic is proclaimed.
Low response was recorded in the number of children immunized with measles at the end of last year due to controversy and perhaps because immunization is selective only for those who have been vaccinated by Dr. Estacion.
In one case, of the targeting of 90 children in one Negros Oriental public school, only one parent signed the consent for the child to receive a measles vaccine. The same applies to other schools during the school immunization program.
In the provincial Siquijor provincial health department Mrs. Daisy Boac reported a total of 47 cases of measles from January to October this year. She said that additional immunization was carried out on October 22 this year to 12 barny places in the Siquijor municipality and one barangay in the city of Marija.
For Dumaguete, Dr. Ma. Sarah Talla said of 47 cases of measles in the city, only 30 confirmed, the youngest victim was five months old and the oldest in 39 months and 19 adults.
The immunization activity is carried out in 16 barangas of the city where the cases of measles were prevalent, so that 1,065 children or about 11.2 percent of the targeted population were immunized.
Dr. Jeanette Pauline Cortes, DOH physician IV further explained that vaccines against measles and polyps used in that country were the same vaccines used in other countries around the world since the 1970s and so far, for almost four decades, have been proven to be very effective and safe without reported complications.
He also said that even when the Philippines has been declared polyomal since 2000, the risk is still present because other countries are not at risk and is the only way to prevent immunization.
Dr. Cortes reveals that the measles themselves can be cured, but when this complicates, death will be due to pneumonia, brain and ears infection, and the only way to protect it through immunization.
She advocates for mothers to protect their children from measles and polyoses by bringing them to fixed immunization sites in their areas, as one case can infect 18-20 people a day. If nothing is done, this will be the worst scenario in front of us.jrg