By Lady Jean L. Kabagani
MARAWI CITY, April 8 (PIA ICCC) – Measles cases here are under control, the City Health Office (CHO) said in an interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
The CHO continues to monitor not only measles cases but also other diseases afflicting the residents especially the internally displaced persons (IDPs), as it sustains the conduct of massive information dissemination and immunization campaign on measles.
Dr. Ali Dalidig, city health officer, revealed that the CHO had already recorded 83 cases of measles, victimizing children aged 6 months to 12 years old from all over the city.
However, the doctor said there is no recorded mortality due to measles virus.
“So this month, because of our ‘Ligtas-Tigdas’ campaign, we can say that the measles case in Marawi City is under control,” Dalidig stressed.
The CHO has already vaccinated more than 14,000 eligible children in almost 4 months of measles monitoring.
The city health officer assured any Marawi resident diagnosed with measles of free of medical services.
Other health services
Aside to the implementation of the National Immunization Program, Marawi CHO also protects IDPs’ proper health and nutrition.
The CHO in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), continues to provide supplemental feeding to the IDP children, infants, pregnant women, and other malnourished elders.
As to date, about three city health nurses per transitional site are being deployed to monitor not only the measles cases but also other health concerns of the IDPs.
Marawi CHO also deployed individuals tasked to maintain cleanliness within the transitional sites where IDPs from the most affected area still staying.
To mitigate airborne and water diseases, the CHO sustains the spraying of disinfectant among all transitional sites in Marawi. (LJKabagani/PIA ICCC)