DAVAO CITY -- The City Health Office (CHO) vaccinated more than 6,000 children for measles following a reported outbreak in two call centers in the city.
CHO chief, Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, said her office conducted an Outbreak Response Immunization (ORI) covering the city’s barangays this week. In two days, more than 6,000 received measles immunization.
“Though the affected areas were the call centers, children are the most vulnerable ones in times of a measles outbreak. We intend to cover the entire city to ensure that the children would be safe from measles,” she said.
Last week, 16 call center agents were reported to have contracted measles.
The CHO recommended their immediate leave, “otherwise, the entire batch inside the facility will be affected with measles”.
Villafuerte stressed that a single case of measles left untreated can create an outbreak, thus the CHO responded with urgency.
She said she has also requested the call centers to let the city health staff enter their facilities for vaccination. However, her request was declined by the companies.
“You can easily get measles in a place like a call center office. Their facility is enclosed that the air is just circling around their office. For an airborne disease, such as measles, one can easily acquire it,” she said.
From last November to Jan. 12, the CHO recorded a total of 222 measles cases.
Of the total, 154 cases occurred in the months of November and December, and 68 were recorded this month.
“We also gave MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine to all ages to keep them away from the disease. They can all have this vaccine for free,” she said. pna
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