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    Phl senator blames health agency

    A Philippine senator on Thursday blamed the Department of Health (DOH) in Manila for its alleged failure in preventing measles outbreak.
    Senator Nancy Binay said she is bothered by the statements of DOH officials directing the blame on parents or super typhoon "Yolanda" survivors for the measles outbreak in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.
    "Instead of blaming parents and survivors of super typhoon 'Yolanda' for the measles outbreak, the DOH should act now to stem any epidemic," Binay said, adding that the agency should also assess the apparent failure of the government's anti-measles campaign over the past years.
    "For DOH to blame people outside the organization is bothering when they have the mandate to abate, control and monitor public health," the lady senator pointed out.
    The senator noted that if the DOH had the capability to conduct a door-to-door campaign for the first round of the measles immunization shots, "then they have the capability to do it one more time."
    "A government agency has the resources it needs to ensure its objectives are met. In this case targeting a 'zero' measles environment," she said.
    Free vaccinations are supposed to be given to children between 6 and 48 months old and are given in two doses of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) jab.
    "It's frustrating that the DOH is putting the onus on the parents themselves or on Yolanda survivors for bringing the virus here in Metro Manila," Binay said.
    She earlier voiced her frustration over the apparent collapse of the DOH's "Ligtas Tigdas" (Safe From Measles) immunization programs for the last 15 years.

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