By Chito Chavez
With the measles outbreak expected to last until March, Quezon City Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte pleaded to the parents of the locality to have their children vaccinated as the number of such cases documented in Metro Manila continued to rise at an alarming level.
“Before anything else happens, I urge the parents to avail the measles vaccines for their children. Maiiwasan natin kung ano man ang maaaring mangyari kung magiging maagap tayo sa pagkuha ng mga bakuna kaya sana huwag sila magdalawang-isip na pabakunahan ang kanilang mga anak (We can prevent any unfavorable circumstance if we will have our children vaccinated for measles. Please don’t have second thoughts about doing it),” Belmonte said.
Belmonte immediately asked the city health department to provide assistance in giving out measles vaccines “since we have heard that there is an increase in the number of cases’’
Mayor Herbert Bautista also called parents to bring their children aged six months to five years old to health centers to have them vaccinated asking them never to hesitate “to bring them to the nearest hospital if they manifest any symptoms of the disease’’.
The Quezon City Health Department assured the public it has proactively taken steps to alleviate the disease even before the declaration of the measles outbreak.
Belmonte noted the city government is continuously monitoring the disease and they will provide necessary interventions to arrest its spread, especially to children.
“As parents, we should remember the saying prevention is better than cure. Let’s take advantage of the vaccines since we have a mechanism to prevent this disease,” said Belmonte.
According to the QC Health Department, 108 cases with eight deaths were reported to them from January 1 to 26 of this year.