By Chito Chavez
The Quezon City Health Department (QCHD) was urged to conduct a massive information drive in the city’s 142 barangays after the Department of Health (DOH) declared a measles outbreak in Metro Manila and many parts of the country.
Councilors Allan Reyes, Victor Ferrer Jr., Allan Francisco, and Eufemio Lagumvay asked City Health chief Dr. Verdades P. Linga to include in their program a city-wide health campaign that will convince the public to submit their children to measles vaccination.
To further intensify the drive, the councilors asked local health officials to go house-to-house and explain the vaccine for measles have been in existence for decades and have been tried and tested to be safe.
Reyes wants Linga to assure the public that the city health centers have enough supplies of medicines ready for children and adults inflicted with measles.
The anti-dengue Dengvaxia vaccine scare has resulted in a low public trust to all forms of immunization with the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) and the Health Department trading barbs on who is to blame for this fiasco.
Aside from measles, Ferrer asked Linga to “cover all the bases’’ to ensure that stability of the public health’s wellness.
For its part, the city health officer asked the public to avoid unnecessary delays in seeking consultation, especially for infants, young children and the elderly.
PAO Chief Persida Acosta refused to take the blame for the low immunization turnout, saying that it was the duty of the DOH to spread information on why vaccine is an important and id s must.