Kalinga sees total knock out of tigdas in October round
by L. Lopez
TABUK CITY (14 September) -- The province is bent on totally eliminating measles as a dreaded disease which commonly attacks children at age 9 to 48 months in this year's Knock Out Tigdas round by the Department of Health (DOH).
Rose Alunday of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) said operation Knock Out Tigdas is a nationwide campaign by the DOH as final step to flush out measles in the country. This year's round is eyed as last of the series of preventive measures against measles like Ligtas Tigdas which effectively increased awareness among rural folks in 1998-2004, Alunday said.
The program towards making the Philippines measles-free, which is being carried down to local government units through the PHOs, is showing positive results.
In Kalinga, report from the PHO disclosed very low figure of only five suspected cases of measles in the past three years, confirming effective implementation of ligtas tigdas campaign.
However, we should not be complacent about the figure as there is still the remotest possibility that there may have been cases that were not reported to the office, Alunday said.
In the knock out round to be conducted from October 15 to November 15, the PHO scheduled massive immunization among children within the risk bracket of 9-48 months. In case of extra vaccines, the immunization can extend to those above the risk bracket to cover wider prevention from the disease is in line with our target of having a measles-free province, Alunday explained.
Even if we enjoyed almost zero measles case in the past three years, the conduct of immunization is supposed to be as massive still, to assure that every child with in the risk bracket should have been full immunized, she said.
This way we further protect the province from the epidemiologic tendency of an outbreak coming from a single un-immunized patient, Alunday said. To carry this out, door to door sweep shall be conducted in the Oct. round.
Houses where immunization has been done shall be marked to ensure that no place is skipped and all children within the risk bracket should be given anti-measles shots, regardless of whether there were previous shots already administered.
Other come-on package like distribution of vitamin A and de-worming will complete the knock out round. (PIA Kalinga) [top]