MAYOR Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar is set to issue an executive order declaring a measles outbreak in Zamboanga City.
From January 1 to 27, the City Health Office recorded 101 suspected cases of measles, a 1,343-percent increase from the number of cases registered during the same period last year.
Dulce Amor Dagalea-Miravite, city health officer, said the number of cases is way more than the outbreak threshold level and requires immediate response.
Salazar has met with Department of Health (DOH) regional director Emilia Monicimpo, assistant regional director Joshua Brillantes and Miravite to discuss immediate solutions and measures to stop the spread of the contagious disease.
Miravite said her office in collaboration with DOH regional office will undertake outbreak response immunization to children at risk of measles through the different health centers in this city.
At the same time, Miravite said they will strengthen advocacy campaigns to help convince parents to allow their children to be immunized to prevent infections. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)