1-Ang Edukasyon Party list Rep. Bong Belaro has asked the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (Ched) on Thursday to direct all school heads to take precautions against measles for the health and safety of their students and faculty.

“Schools can be hotspots of the spread of measles and other contagious diseases because of population density and vulnerability of children and teenagers because of their health status, so precautions are necessary,” Belaro said.

“Quick check screenings for fever, red eyes, cough, and rashes can be done at the campus gates by health personnel. Parents should be advised to not send their kids to school if they have the symptoms of measles. Instead of school, they should go to the nearest barangay health center or government hospital,” the education solon said.

Belaro also called for proper and swift information dissemination at schools about measles.

“Correct information about measles should circulated among teachers and students to counter rumors, fake news, misinformation, and disinformation,” he said.

“Correct information about measles should circulated among teachers and students to counter rumors.”

“This is not the time for any quackery, unscientific home remedies, and unsanitary practices that can only make matters worse for any person, especially children infected with measles,” the education congressman from Goa, Camarines Sur added.

“This is not the time for any quackery, unscientific home remedies, and unsanitary practices that can only make matters worse.”

Bicol is one of the regions in Luzon afflicted with measles outbreak according to the Department of Health. Other regions affected by the measles outbreak are are Metro Manila, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) and MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan). DOH also confirmed the spread of the measles outbreak into Central and Eastern Visayas.

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