City lays down action plan for Measles Outbreak Response

Monday, February 18, 2019

City of Santa Rosa, Laguna – This City held an emergency meeting today, February 18, to discuss cases of measles in the City and consult stakeholders on its action plan.


Dr. Soledad Rosanna Cunanan, City Health Officer II, reported that measles cases in the city has reached a total of 52 as of Friday, February 15. It also caused the death of a one (1) eight-month old baby. Data is from January to February 15, 2019.


The action plan includes advocacy, service delivery and monitoring or surveillance.


Under advocacy, an information campaign to residents, especially to parents, on the importance of getting their children immunized is already being implemented. Platforms to be used are print and online media.


Service delivery involves actual vaccination of 6-59 month old children in the communities (door-to-door) or at fixed posts; continued routine vaccination for babies 6-11 months; and school-based immunization for preschool and grades 1 to 6 to be achieved from February to March 2019. These will be implemented by health professionals from the Department of Health, City Health Office I and CHO II, Santa Rosa Community Hospital (SRCH), the Department of Education Santa Rosa City Schools Division, and other volunteer health professionals from non-government organizations like the Santa Rosa Medical Society.


City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) monitoring of daily reports from barangays as well as in hospitals will also be done. The SRCH dedicated a ward to attend to the measles cases that will be admitted, whether mild or severe.


A meeting with private hospitals is also scheduled this week for updating and consultation on the city’s action plan.


These strategies are expected to lessen, if not eliminate, the cases of measles in the city.


Dr. Cunanan added that the target number for vaccination this year is 52,544 children aged 6-59 months.


To date, CHO I and CHO II has immunized almost 15,000 children from the target age group.


City Mayor Danilo Ramon Fernandez directed CHO I and II to intensify their immunization program not only for the target age group but for all school children as well.


Mayor Fernandez said that if a child is older than 59 months and a parent still wants his/her child immunized, they are advised to proceed to the nearest health center for evaluation. Considerations such as history of prior vaccination and situation of the community where the child dwells will determine if the child will be eligible for vaccination.


            Mayor Fernandez also assigned Dr. Cunanan, Dr. Erwin Escal, City Health Officer I and Dr. Parnell Patacsil, SRCH director, as official spokespersons.


            For further inquiries, please visit a health center nearest you; CHO I at the back of City Hall Bldg. B; CHO II in Brgy. Balibago and SRCH in Brgy. Market Area.

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