With some 1,200 measles cases and four deaths reported to date in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines, the Department of Health 6 (DOH-6) will be conducting non-selective vaccination to 101 local government units (LGUs) in the region targeting some 408,687 children.

Image/Philippines DOH
Image/Philippines DOH

The program, “Knock-out Tigdas” (tigdas is measles in Tagalog), will commence Monday.

According to DOH-6, a total of 39,552 children are targets for vaccination in 14 LGUs in Aklan, while the department seeks to vaccinate 33,886 children in 12 LGUs in Antique.

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DOH-6 targets to vaccinate 54,733 children in 16 LGUs in Capiz; 11,881 children in four LGUs in Guimaras; 144,644 children in 37 LGUs in Iloilo; and 123,992 children in 18 LGUs in Negros Occidental.

Nationally, the Philippines has reported 21,396 measles cases and 315 deaths through Mar. 14.