DUMAGUETE CITY - Days after the declaration of a measles outbreak in one city and six towns in Negros Oriental, health workers on Friday started to do legwork to stop the spread of the virus.
In Barangay Bagacay, city health workers conducted house-to-house immunization.
They listed down names and ages of children in the area, retrieved their immunization cards, and vaccinated them on the spot if they have not been immunized.
"This is because we don't want any more measles cases in the area," said Rosalia Reyes, a nurse from the Dumaguete City Health office.
Apart from house-to-house immunization, health workers also gathered parents from different sitios to talk about the symptoms and dangers of measles if left untreated.
Currently, they are still completing their master list and making sure all children aged 6 to 8 months and 9 months to 5 years have been given two shots of the measles vaccine.
Confirmed cases of measles in the province are still pegged at 13. While there are more suspected cases, health workers are expected to submit the reports to the regional laboratory for confirmation.
Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) Assistant Head Dr. Liland Estacion is encouraging not only children but also adults to boost one's immunity with vitamins, exercise and proper diet.
"Proper hygiene is also important," Estacion added.
Measles is an infectious disease that can cause death among infants as young as 3 months old. Colder temperatures typically cause a spike in cases of the illness, symptoms of which include skin rashes and fever, authorities have said.
The DOH earlier confirmed a measles outbreak in a Taguig City village and in Davao City.