DOH on Thursday stated it has met almost half its target of vaccinating 3.7 million children against measles. However, cases of the highly contagious disease were still on the rise. Beginning March 1st and lasted March 2, the agency recorded 1,411 new measles cases.
Regions dealing with an outbreak of measles, including Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon that carries the total number of measles cases since Jan. 1 to 16,349, with 261 people yielding to the disease.
DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo stated the total unvaccinated individuals’ number around 9,975. While about 500 only received a single dose of the vaccine.
Each measles patient can transfer the diseases to 17 to 18 unvaccinated people through sneezing or coughing.
The DOH claims it has sought out help from the national police to expedite its immunization drive-in far-flung areas. There are hopes measles outbreak may decline by the end of March.
Due to anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia being a health scare, a recent drop in immunization coverage in the country made total of 40 percent just with last year comparing that of an average 70 percent in recent years.