MANILA, Philippines – In an effort to abate the steep rise in number of measles cases, government agencies have mobilized their resources geared towards implementing a quick mass immunization campaign.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said several government agencies have laid out specific tasks to ensure communities are protected against the highly contagious disease.
“This government is conducting a massive information dissemination and immunization campaign to encourage Filipinos to get vaccinated,” Duque said on Wednesday, February 13.
"The Department of Health is working side by side with other government agencies in quickly responding to mitigate the measles outbreak," he added.
All government efforts are focused on completing the mass immunization campaign in the fastest possible time. The DOH says vaccination remains the best defense against measles.
Duque has repeatedly urged the public to receive the measles vaccine, saying it has long been proven to be safe and effective. (READ: EXPLAINER: When should one get vaccinated against measles?)
Duque said immunization activities will be done in schools and communities until March. He said the number of measles cases is expected decrease afterwards as unvaccinated individuals will be given immunization by then.
Though government will be prioritizing the vaccination of children, Duque said adults may still go to their nearest health center to get vaccinated.
The following are the tasks of the different government agencies:
Before this, the DOH had been conducting supplementary immunization activities and outbreak response immunization to combat the rising trend in measles cases.