Manila, Philippines: cases of measles flooded hospitals in Manila, in which seven were reported dead due to lack of vaccination for the infectious disease.
A total of 248 children and 21 adults are now getting medical treatment in San Lazaro hospital, a known facility for those who are infected by the disease. According to the hospital spokesperson Dr. Ferdinand de Guzman on Monday, seven deaths were documented, which three are caused by complications due to measles.
And last week, at least nine children were also reported dead within a day due to the contagious viral disease – an alarming increase in measles cases.
In January alone, thousands of measles-infected patients were brought to San Lazaro hospital and doctors are now expecting for this figure to go up in mid-February. Although the said health facility is already teeming with patients, De Guzman said in an interview that they couldn’t turn down patients with measles who seek medical help.
De Guzman expressed concerns over the increasing number of deaths, emphasizing the lack of hospital facility for the patients. Most of the infected have to share beds to accommodate all their medical needs, which hospital authorities point out as one of the main factors as to why this disease is continually spreading. So far, the hospital already warned patients with other illnesses to find another hospice so they will not get infected.
Another alarming concern is the fact that patients admitted since January do not have any immunization.
Measles, also known as Rubeola, is a common infection caused by a virus which usually affects children under the age of 5 or adults over the age of 30, according to World Health Organization (WHO). Children who are unvaccinated may face a higher risk of acquiring measles and its complications which include severe diarrhea, pneumonia, blindness and death.
WHO advised Filipino parents to vaccinate their children against the said disease, as the number of measles cases in the country amplified by 367 percent – highest among Asian countries.
However, Filipinos poured several questions to the Department of Health (DOH), as to whether there are enough vaccines for everyone in the Philippines. And on Tuesday, DOH made a public assurance that vaccines are sufficient and can cover all Filipinos, most especially children