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Councilors to tackle proposed ‘no vaccination, no enrollment’

THE joint city council committees on health, sanitation and health insurance and on education chaired by councilors Maria Lourdes Gaane and Suzette Magtajas-Daba, respectively, would convene next week to tackle the proposed “No vaccination, no enrollment” policy in all public schools.

The proposal was initiated by the Department of Health (DOH) as the number of measles cases continued to rise across the country.

The measles outbreak has been attributed to the vaccine scare created by the Dengvaxia controversy.

Councilor Gaane said the urgent measure is intended to arrest the creeping increase in measles cases in the country, which breached 8,000 cases over the weekend.

In the city, there have been over 80 cases reported, with five deaths, she said.

The Department of Education is now reviewing the proposal in view of the rising number of measles cases.

The Deped said, however, that it will review the proposal while considering the right of students to learn and access to quality basic education.

The two agencies set up a joint task force focused on measles control in school.

Gaane proposed the enactment of an ordinance imposing the policy to all public schools in the city. (sp)

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