After Taguig measles outbreak, health chief reiterates importance of vaccines

Kori Quintos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 02 2018 05:48 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Friday emphasized the importance of vaccination to prevent diseases in light of the recent measles outbreak in a Taguig village. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA—Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Friday emphasized the importance of vaccination to prevent diseases in light of a recent measles outbreak in a Taguig village.

Duque urged Filipinos not to lose trust in vaccines despite the health scare caused by the suspended dengue immunization program of the government.

"Dapat huwag mawala ang ating tiwala at paniniwala sa ating bakuna ng DOH. Napatunayan na ito ay nagbibigay ng proteksyon laban sa mga sakit," he said.

"We save 3 to 5 million patients from developing diseases, which are otherwise prevented by vaccine."

There have been 7 measles cases in a community in Taguig, the health department said Thursday. 

The DOH, however, refused to identify the affected village for now.

The government last month also confirmed a measles outbreak in Davao City. 

Duque said if many people are immunized, it would be difficult for diseases to spread.

"So kahit may isang nakalusot [na sakit], mahirap nang makalabas 'yun. 'Yung iba mahirap nang makatalon ang virus, so that’s what we are doing in coordination with [the] LGU of Taguig,” Duque said.

Local government officials of Taguig have mobilized an epidemiology team to get to the bottom of the measles outbreak.