Baguio measles cases continue to rise

By Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY — The cases of measles in the city continued to rise, prompting Mayor Mauricio Domogan to appeal to the public to get their measles shots, which are free.

“Please avail of the mass immuni­zation campaign because it is the only way we can protect our children from the serious effects of measles and other infectious diseases at no cost,” Domo­gan said.


The City Epidemiology and Surveil­lance Unit (CESU) of the City Health Services Office (CHSO) said there were 170 measles cases from Jan. 1 to March 9, with no fatalities recorded.

CESU Head Dr. Donnabel Tubera said the figure represents a 4,150 percent jump from the four cases recorded for the same period last year.

A report on the status of the city’s mass immunization campaign showed a low turnout with only 9,443 children vaccinated from Feb. 18 to March 12 out of the target population of 34,450.

For Japanese encephalitis, a total of 6,267 were vaccinated, 5,934 were given the oral polio vaccine (OPV) and 3,834 received Vitamin A supplementation.

The figure was culled from reports submitted by district health centers, the SLU Hospital of the Sacred Heart Out-Patient Depart­ment, Baguio General Hospital Under-Five Clinic, pri­vate clinics and the Department of Health-Cordillera.

City Health Officer Dr. Rowena Galpo said they expect the number to increase in the remaining two weeks of the campaign as they step up house-to-house vaccination.

The campaign will run until March 31 with measles vaccines and Vitamin A available for children aged six to 59 months or below five years old and pre-school kids who are more than five years old but are not in grade school.

Oral polio vaccine can be given to children zero to 59 months old while the Japa­nese encephalitis immuniza­tion are for children nine to 59 months old.