Close  

Measles outbreak: Red Cross opening 100-bed emergency unit at San Lazaro

By: - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ
/ 06:14 PM February 07, 2019

 MANILA, Philippines —The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Thursday said it will coordinate with the Department of Health (DOH) in assisting patients affected by the measles outbreak.

After visiting the San Lazaro Hospital (SLH) in Manila, PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said they would provide medical equipment and set up a 100-bed emergency medical unit (EMU) and welfare desks in the hospital.

ADVERTISEMENT

“We need to work together to assist the families affected by the measles outbreak. When we visited the SLH at midnight, we saw two or three children sharing one bed with parents also sharing the space. What was a usually room for two or three patients now accommodate up to 10 children. Even hallways are now being used,” Gordon said.

Dr. Barbara May Banaobra said there are over 250 measles patients admitted at SLH.

FEATURED STORIES

Banaobra added that most of the patients are children who did not  receive measles immunization shots.

PRC’s local chapters will also conduct community mobilization initiatives to raise awareness on ways to prevention measles in Central Luzon, Eastern Visayas and Central Visayas.

PRC also urged the public not to politicize vaccination programs which can protect children from preventable illnesses.

“Let’s stop the scare and rather educate the parents, families, and communities on the importance of vaccination for our children’s sake. I’ve said this a long time ago, hindi masama ang bakuna na kabilang sa Expanded Program on Immunization,” Gordon said in a statement. /gsg

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: emergency medical unit, Measles outbreak, Philippine Red Cross, Richard Gordon, San Lazaro Hospital
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.