DepEd conducts own anti-measles school campaign

January 10, 2014 11:49 pm 

By Lily O. Ramos

MANILA, Jan. 10 (PNA) — Alarmed at the increasing number of individuals, including children, afflicted with measles, the Department of Education is conducting a nationwide anti-measles campaign parallel to the Department of Health's advisory against the disease.

Education Assistant Secretary Tonesito Umali, in an interview, said so far, they have not yet received any report on a student suffering from measles.

"DepEd has formulated the Preventive Alert System for Schools (PASS) which all teachers must identify and report any case to the concerned local health units for complete vaccination of children.

"Teachers should advise children manifesting flu-like symptoms to stay at home, rest and recuperate. Likewise, the school heads,(SHs), through the schools division superintendents (SDSs) and the regional directors (RDs) must disseminate information about measles and immunization," said Umali.

Umali said that measles is a public health problem in the Philippines that is highly contagious viral infection and transmitted by droplets.

It is characterized by general rash, fever, cough, runny nose and conjunctivitis or red eyes.

He added that complications of measles in children include pneumonia, encephalitis, blindness, deafness, ear infection, diarrhea and dehydration.

Umali said very young and malnourished/undernourished children are easy prey or victims to measles,thus, all kids must be immunized or be at high risk of infection.

"One thing, measles is very easily and rapidly transmitted from one person to another through air or direct contact and it has no cure; only prevention through immunization."

Umali explained that measles vaccines are free at all health centers nationwide and it is safe and effective that is why people should have themselves immunized through vaccination. (PNA)

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