MANILA, Philippines–The Health department reported an increase or at least a rise in the numbers of young children afflicted with measles, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte confirmed on Friday.
“Unfortunately, they (DOH) found that most of them are not vaccinated against tigdas or measles,” Valte said in a press briefing.
According to Valte, they will look into the situation and that they will have to “make sure about the reporting at least of the previous secretaries when it comes to their measles related programs or if it’s the correct age.”
“ Baka naman iba na iyong — kumbaga iyong mas mga maliliit at hindi na nila inabutan nung mga dating programa ng pamahalaan,” Valte said.
Asked if DOH has enough funding for its measles program, Valte said “they have not raised the alarm otherwise.”
Measles, a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus commonly in children, has its symptoms of recurrent fever , skin rashes and body weakness.
A child properly vaccinated can rarely be contacted with this disease.
In typhoon-struck Visayas, an enhanced dengue awareness was also raised this after responders noted on the significantly increased risk of dengue fever among affected population and the response teams in Eastern Samar, said Olive Tiu, Philippine Information Agency director in Region 8, quoting Dr. Ina Bluemel who is working in the areas of Guiuan and Borongan in Eastern Samar .
Conditions brought about by the typhoon, including near-perfect breeding conditions for the mosquito-vector for this disease, have significantly increased the risk of affected population and response teams, Tiu added.