HEALTH Secretary Francisco Duque yesterday led a team to the Payatas area in Quezon City to personally ensure that babies were administered with measles vaccines.
According to QC Information Officer Ares Gutierrez, Duque was assisted by the city health department in delivering free vaccines to children from six months to five years old at the Payatas Health B Center in Bulacan Street, Brgy. Payatas.
A total of 9,000 children in the city have already been vaccinated as of Friday following the declaration of measles outbreak in Metro Manila.
No less than President Duterte had directed the health department to encourage parents to have their kids vaccinated at once.
QC mayor Herbert Bautista said parents have nothing to worry about since measles vaccines are safe and free of charge.
Right after the declaration of an outbreak, Bautista said the Quezon City Health Department immediately mobilized its corps of community health workers to actively look for fever cases among children to make sure they will be referred to health centers and given appropriate intervention to avoid serious implications.
The QC Health Department is likewise tracing “active defaulters” or children who have missed their scheduled measles immunization.