(Press Release) SANTA ROSA CITY– A week after this city enforced its action plan to combat measles, nearly half of the 52,544 children eligible for vaccination have been administered the measles vaccine, officials said last week.
In its action plan, the city will vaccinate against measles a total of 52,544 children with ages 6-59 months old by March 15 this year.
During a meeting held on February 26, City Health Officer Dr. Soledad Rosanna Cunanan reported 24,919 children have been vaccinated.
The action plan was laid down in response to the growing number of measles cases in the country. Before the action plan was implemented, 52 cases with one death were reported in tis city alone. A week later, 34 cases were reported, bringing the total to 86 cases.
Cunanan, however, expressed confidence that the cases will be reduced as soon as the team proceeds with the immunization campaign.
Vaccination will no longer be limited to health offices and the Santa Rosa Community Hospital. To ensure that the cases are reduced and to meet the target, vaccination will be conducted in the health centers of the 18 barangays. Designated “fixed posts” will also be installed in puroks.
The city will hire additional nurses for one month to assist the health offices and the barangay health workers in the door-to-door vaccination drive.
The Santa Rosa Community Hospital has created a measles ward for patients. The hospital has also requested for additional nurses.
The Division of Schools of Santa Rosa, on the other hand, will conduct school-based vaccinations in schools after getting the consent of parents.
Meanwhile, the regional office of the Department of Health in Region 4 has committed to provide the vaccines to the city government. Nongovernment organizations such as the Philippine Red Cross and Rotary Club are assisting in information dissemination.
For inquiries on the vaccination drive and relevant information on measles, residents are urged to contact the City Health Office at these numbers: 530-0015 local 5309 and 5310; 544-1285, and the Santa Rosa Community Hospital at 533-9098 and 534-4571. The City Information Officer, Tugaris Zapanta, can also be contacted at 0927-626-7869.
Residents may also inquire with the barangays regarding the vaccination. L