Iligtas ang DOH sa Tigdas

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The 1,792 measles cases, including 71 deaths, reported during the first 2 months of the year alarmed the whole country. Department of Health noted that the cases recorded in the said months increased by more than 100% compared to the same period in 1996.

Despite the repeated claims of the DOH that there was no need to declare and epidemic yet because there was no clustering of measles cases in one area, many believed otherwise. Because of the DOH’s refusal to declare an epidemic, it earned the ire of the public, including those of politicians and opinion-makers.

The DOH, however, stood by its word that there was no epidemic. Only a few supported the perceived “taking over” of the DOH in the battle against measles, stressing that only in times of epidemic can the Department take over the responsibility of the local government; and during the national drive launched by the DOH in February.

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