DOH pushes ‘measles rooms’ in WV hospitals


Following a measles outbreak in the region, the Department of Health in Western Visayas is pushing for the establishment of “measles rooms” or isolation rooms for measles patients.

The DOH-6 said the measles isolation rooms aim to prevent the spread of the highly contagious disease that can be transmitted through contact with respiratory secretions or aerosols.

“We encourage government hospitals to convert at least one room into measles isolation room to prevent the spread the disease in the health facility,” Dr. Renilyn Reyes said.

A measles outbreak was declared in Western Visayas with 245 confirmed cases out of 1,052 suspected measles infections.

DOH-6 director Marlyn Convocar said measles isolation rooms were imposed in the hospitals under DOH, including:.

– Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Regional Hospital in Bacolod City
– Don Jose Monfort Medical Center Extension Hospital at Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo
– Western Visayas Sanitarium at Santa Barbara, Iloilo
– Western Visayas Medical Center in Mandurriao, Iloilo City

Convocar said they are also prioritizing the implementation of measles fast lanes.

Measles fast lanes are similar to the “dengue fast lanes” where patients with high-grade fever and maculopapular rash will immediately be given medical attention.

Meanwhile, Convocar said the DOH-6 also plans to dedicate a health worker who will handle measles patients, with the health workers vaccinated against the virus.

Aside from these measures, the DOH also enhanced its “catch up” immunization for defaulters through routine immunization, school-based immunization, and supplemental immunization activities.