Tigdas alert up in Kalinga
by L. Lopez
Tabuk, Kalinga (6 March) -- The Provincial Epidemics Surveillance Unit (PESU) of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) issued high alert to all hospitals in the province to monitor cases of measles following warning by the Department of Health (DOH) on the outbreak of the disease because of the dry spell.
PESU Officer Jose Pardito Jr said DOH issued the warning because of high cases of tigdas in certain areas of the country recently. Pardito clarified there is no reported case in the province yet since they started monitoring last month.
He advised hospitals to coordinate with the PESU office on tigdas admissions so that laboratory test could be done to confirm the cases.
The PESU is now up with its information campaign about measles convincing mothers to have their children immunized upon reaching nine months.
There is no cure for measles, Pardito said, if not giving proper body resistance through measles immunization with yearly booster shots until age 6.
Measles per se could not cause deaths but the complication that goes with it like pneumonia and blindness makes it a serious health concern especially among young children, Pardito explained.
As preventive measure, Pardito called on parents to maintain good hygiene among their young children especially this time when they sweat a lot because of the summer heat. The measles virus thrive very well in high temperature, he said.
He reminded parents of this year's round of measles immunization in the Garantisadong Pambata (GP), this April, urging them to bring their children at the health centers. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]