Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:26
The City Health Office (CHO) advocates for the complete immunization of children as protection against potentially deadly diseases.
In light of the diphtheria cases reported in barangay Cawit, Dr. Rodelin Agbulos said that the best defense against diphtheria is still complete immunization.
Based on the investigation conducted by the CHO, the medical background of all four cases reported in the City revealed an incomplete and a lack of immunization history and record.
Two of these cases tested positive for diphtheria. The first positive case, a two-year old child died last January, while the second patient was immediately transported to the Zamboanga City Medical Center for quarantine.
“We have started giving him the anti-toxin by the DOH,” Agbulos said, adding that the patient will have to stay in isolation and under observation in the hospital for 7 to 14 days.
The two other patients who tested negative have been discharged.
Aside from the four cases, the CHO also took additional throat swabs from immediate family members who came in close contact to the patients for testing. All tested negative for diphtheria.
“We are safe. Dalawa lang [ang positive], and we were able to contain them,” Agbulos said
However, the diphtheria outbreak declaration in the barangay remains in place.
“We still have to observe. We have 14 days to observe. If there are no more other positive cases then we can lift the executive order,” Agbulos said.
The health officer said the diphtheria immunization drive initiated by the CHO in barangay Cawit as a preventive measure is now 80% complete.
According to Dr. Agbulos, a complete diphtheria immunization will comprise of three vaccine shots. These are given at 6 weeks, 10 weeks, and 14 weeks of age.
A booster shot is given at 7 years old and above. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)
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