CHIEF Public Attorney Dr. Persida V. Rueda-Acosta yesterday urged the public to have themselves vaccinated against illnesses in the wake of a measles outbreak in Sarangani province triggered by the public scare over the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine.
Acosta noted that she is not against vaccines that are properly tested.
“Alam mo, hindi tayo kontra sa mga bakuna. ‘Yung mga kababayan natin, ‘yung mga subok at hindi naman experimental vaccine kagaya ng Dengvaxia eh magpabakuna po kayo para maligtas kayo sa mga problema sa mga sakit at epidemya na lumalaganap,” she said.
Earlier, health officials feared that the DoH vaccination program had been affected by the controversy hounding the failed Dengvaxia vaccine health program.
The DoH reported an outbreak of measles in General Santos City while there were also measles cases recorded in Sarangani this week.
At least 84 people are suspected to be infected by measles. Of this number, tests confirmed one died due to measles, while 17 other fatalities are also suspected to have died of measles.