Editorial | Better way

When the story about a measles outbreak in the city came out, parents started to panic.

Those who can afford to do so immediately brought their children to physicians to have them vaccinated, others brought theirs to health centers for the same purpose.

Based on that report, during the three months that the City Health Office was able to document, around 200 cases were reported with four deaths confirmed. The agency also reported that there were 13,000 children vaccinated with anti-measles in two weeks.

The agency, two days later, reported that there were 55,000 children that were vaccinated under its outbreak response program and that the number was about a third of its target.

The agency also issued key steps to ensure that children infants and children are protected: Among those steps are immunization of children, reporting of incidents as well as ensuring that those who get infected are not made to go to work or school to arrest the spread of the illness because it is highly contagious.

The agency also urged the people to always be mindful of the symptoms of the illness, among them high fever, cough, colds, sore throat, skin rashes, inflammation of the eyes and white spots on the inner lining of the cheeks.

This is not to criticize the action of government agencies in responding to the outbreak, but there is much to be done not only to prevent the spread of the disease but also to ensure that one case is too much.

Considering the fund that government agencies set aside for their campaign activities, it would always be better to make a campaign even before any case is reported. A comprehensive campaign will always help arrest, if not completely eradicate, the spread of a disease as the public will have the knowledge not only on how to act when it is reported, but on how a single case can be prevented.

After all, prevention is, indeed, better than cure.


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