BARMM Measles Outbreak Contained, Vaccination Efforts Continue

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BARMM health minister, Dr. Kadil Monera Sinolinding Jr., announced that the outbreak declaration had been lifted several weeks ago.

Bangsamoro Health Minister Kadil Monera Sinolinding Jr. with Shahana Joy Duerme Mangasar of the Philippine Information Center 12 discuss health issues in BARMM at a public forum in Cotabato City on Tuesday, July 2, 2024. (John Unson)

The recent measles outbreak in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), which affected nearly 700 children, has been successfully addressed, according to a senior health official.

Despite the containment of the outbreak, the regional government is continuing its vaccination campaign to prevent future occurrences.

The outbreak, which occurred from March to April this year, resulted in the deaths of three children.

BARMM health minister, Dr. Kadil Monera Sinolinding Jr., announced at a Philippine Information Agency-12 forum on Tuesday that the outbreak declaration had been lifted several weeks ago.

“Even so, our vaccination efforts are still ongoing as a mitigation measure,” said Sinolinding, who was appointed health minister by BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim in May.

Dr. Sinolinding also noted that they have recently facilitated the release of the overdue Health Emergency Allowance (HEA) to health workers in BARMM’s six provinces and three cities. The HEA, issued by the national government, is a special incentive for health workers involved in programs protecting local communities from the COVID-19 pandemic since 2020.

“We ensured the process was conducted in the most transparent manner,” Sinolinding added.

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao encompasses the provinces of Maguindanao del Norte, Maguindanao del Sur, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, as well as the cities of Lamitan, Marawi, and Cotabato.

Tuesday’s forum, organized by the Philippine Information Agency, was hosted by Shahana Joy Duerme Mangasar, the agency’s information center manager for Cotabato province, at a local function facility.

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