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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 13:28

Philippine Red Cross responds to measles outbreak upsurge in ARMM and Zamboanga

   The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has intensified its health education and information drive following the occurrence of measles outbreak in Maguindanao, Lanao Del Sur, Sulu and Zamboanga City.

   PRC Chairman Richard Gordon immediately directed its trained Red Cross 143 health volunteers and staff in the affected Chapters to monitor and validate suspected cases of measles in their respective communities.

   “The PRC is closely coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) and city health offices to halt the spread of the infectious virus. Red Cross volunteers are already on the ground to help in the referral of those affected people especially children to local health facilities and hospitals,Chairman Gordon said.

   According to the DOH of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), a total of 213 suspected measles cases were recorded in ARMM in January 2018 alone due of low vaccine coverage in the past years. Four deaths were recorded in Maguindanao, and one each in Lanao del Sur, and Sulu.

    In addition, the DOH also reported 166 cases from Zamboanga City with one casualty.

    The Zamboanga City Chapter also assisted in providing vaccines to almost 1,110 children in Barangay Sangali, Talon-Talon, and Kasangyangan.

   Apart from these, the PRC also heightened health promotion and information dissemination to prevent the spread of the disease in the communities.

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