NAGA CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office 5 gathered the local media in Camarines Sur to promote the celebrations and awareness campaign programs of the department for the month of October, while citing the need for an aggressive measles immunization campaign.
In a press conference held, October 4 at Villa Rosita here, DOH personnel composed of Medical Officer IV Dr. Rita Mae Ang-Bon, Medical Officer III Dr. Monrey Isiah Mancilla, DMO V Dr. Rey Millena of Camarines Sur and Nurse Coordinator Twinkle Lorilla, briefed the members of the media on the highlights of these programs in order for them, citing among others, the relevance of the celebration.
In the discussion, they enjoined the media to help them in clearing out the misconception surrounding the government’s program in immunization.
Mancilla discussed in detail the transmission, symptoms, diagnosis, complication, treatment, and prevention of measles, giving importance to having routine measles vaccination for children, combined with mass immunization campaigns.
To date, there are 239 cases of measles in the Bicol Region from January 1 to September 29, current year with the province of Masbate having the highest of 80 cases, followed by Camarines Sur with 69 cases and Camarines Norte with 63 cases. Albay and Sorsogon have 12 cases each while Catanduanes has 3 cases.
Due to the increasing number of measles death with six (6) deaths for the said period, DOH has intensified its routine immunization programs in the barangays with the launching of the “Basta Wednesday, Barangay Bakuna Day.”
Dr. Bon encouraged mothers to have their babies immunized as she reiterated that immunization for measles has long been used and that it is safe and effective.
“Please help us, our partners in the media, to correct the fears against immunization, because immunization is safe, and that we have long been using it and it is very effective to prevent “tigdas” to our children. “Tigdas” may cause complication and is deadly,” Bon warned.
Focus was also given to the National Newborn Screening Week to draw broader public attention to the crucial role of early detection of inherited diseases in preventing permanent damage to the affected child.
The goal of newborn screening is to give all newborns a chance to live normal lives and safeguard them until they reach their full potential.
The DOH team is hopping from one province to another here in Bicol this October, conducting press conferences on the said topics. (LSM, JRM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)
Source: PIA Feed