Health workers conduct house-to-house measles immunization in Gandara, Samar. Measles immunization provided by the government for free saves children’s lives as it prevents children from becoming seriously ill. (Photo courtesy of the Department of Health)
Measles cases in Eastern Visayas continue to surge with the outbreak already claiming the lives of 24 children from January 1 to March 8 this year.
The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Monday that the number of victims rose to 1,080 as of March 8 from 463 three weeks ago.
DOH-Eastern Visayas Assistant Regional Director Exuperia Sabalberino said new victims have been added every day, but the rate of increase has slowed down starting last week, after two months of a massive immunization program.
Of the 24 deaths, six were reported in Tacloban City and four in Palo, Leyte. Areas with two deaths each were Dagami, Leyte; Pinabacdao, Samar; and Calbayog City, Samar.
Areas with one death each were Alangalang, Pastrana, and San Miguel in Leyte; Catbalogan City, San Jose de Buan, and Sta. Rita in Samar. Borongan City in Eastern Samar has one death this year.
Most cases were recorded in Leyte – 385, followed by Samar – 238, Tacloban City – 190, Eastern Samar – 54, Ormoc City – 53, Biliran – 39, Calbayog City – 31, Catbalogan City – 30, Baybay City – 21, Northern Samar – 20, Southern Leyte – 13, Borongan City – four, and Maasin City – one.
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