There is no measles outbreak in Puerto Princesa City, the City Health Office (CHO) said Monday amidst claim of increasing measles incidents.
CHO officer Dr. Ricardo Panganiban, in a phone interview with Palawan News, assured the public that no looming measles outbreak in the city citing that efforts are being made by their office to fight the highly transmittable respiratory disease.
“Yung mga reported cases, naturally occuring yan. Walang outbreak sa Puerto. In fact, nito lamang nakaraang linggo, nagsagawa tayo ng pangmalawakang vaccine campaign sa ating mga target areas,” Panganiban said.
On February 2019, the province had 38 confirmed cases with 1 reported death, making Palawan second in the MIMAROPA region with the highest number of measles cases. Topping the list was Oriental Mindoro with 267 cases.
Meanwhile, Provincial Health Office (PHo) chief Dr. Mary Ann Navarro, in an earlier statement said that all barangay and municipal health workers should intensify their monitoring and already conduct house-to-house vaccination to prevent more transmission.
“Ang tigdas ay lubhang nakakahawa at kapag nagka-kumplikasyon ‘yan maaring makamatay. Kahit hindi pa kasing dami ng kaso sa ibang lugar ang kaso dito sa atin ay dapat umaksyon na tayo. Pabakunahan na natin ang mga bata,” Navarro said.