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400 children who received Dengvaxia injection, tested positive of dengue

by UNTV   |   Posted on Saturday, January 27th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Based on the figures released by the Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday, 725 children had been hospitalized due to the adverse effects of the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia from March 2016 to January 2018.

More than half of them were confirmed to have contracted dengue.

The DOH is also examining 26 Dengvaxia related deaths.

“From March 2016 to January 19, the reported death was 21 but from this week since last week until this week we have another of five deaths a total of 26,” said DOH Asec Ma. Francia Laxamana.

Meanwhile, experts from the UP-PGH conducted another meeting to finalize the report it will release in line with the clinical analysis it conducted on the anti-dengue vaccine.

The DOH Region 11 also calls on private pediatricians to submit the list of their patients who received the controversial Dengvaxia.

Although the region of Davao was not part of the pilot testing area, 200 children there were vaccinated by private doctors.

“What we did was, we wrote a letter to their association, the Philippine Pediatric Society because they were the ones who did most of the vaccinations. We call on them to give us a list of names,” said Dr. Cleo Fe M. Tabada.

Meanwhile, former Health Sec. Janette Garin has once again emphasized that she is ready to face any liabilities in case the Dengvaxia vaccines can be proven to cause negative side effects to individuals without prior dengue infection.

“Sa parte ko naman ay paninidigan ko na ito ay deisisyon ng buong institution, ginawa namin base sa datos ng panahon na iyon at base sabatayan na patuloy nadumarami ang nagkaka-dengue at ito ay walang gamot,”said Garin.

(For my part, I affirm that this was the decision of the whole institution. We did it based on the available data at that time, and on the fact that the number of dengue infections was increasing, and that there was no cure.) — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue


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Sec. Duque may face obstruction of justice complaint – VACC

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

MANILA, Philippines — The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) said that Health Secretary Francisco Duque III might face obstruction of justice charges.

The VACC noted that this would be the case if the health secretary refuses to cooperate with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in its probe on the Dengvaxia issue.

Atty. Manuelito Luna claims Duque refused to provide documents the VACC has requested. He said that these documents pertain to the allegedly anomalous purchase of the controversial vaccine.

The VACC has asked the DOJ to issue a subpoena for the said documents.

“Kung he will not cooperate with us, he will keep all those documents we are requesting baka ma-obstruction of justice po siya. He may have violated RA 6713 by denying the VACC access to these documents,” said Luna.

(Translation: If he will not cooperate with us, he will keep all those documents we are requesting, he might face obstruction of justice. He may have violated RA 6713 by denying the VACC access to these documents.) — UNTV News & Rescue

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DOH distributes dengue kits to parents of children vaccinated with Dengvaxia

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Department of Health (DOH) distributed dengue kits to vaccinees on Wednesday.

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III on Wednesday, met with some parents of the children who were vaccinated with Dengvaxia regarding the health condition of their children.

After the meeting, the health secretary once again announced the medical assistance that the agency has prepared for the children who were vaccinated with Dengvaxia.

Duque reiterated that, in case Dengvaxia vaccinees need medical treatment, they can avail of it for free and will not be charged in case they have fully consumed the PhilHealth dengue coverage.

This is because the DOH medical assistance fund will shoulder the rest of the hospital expense of the vaccinees.

The DOH also distributed dengue kits to the said group of parents, for their children’s two to three months supply.

And to give them more means to provide dengue kits to more than 800,000 vaccinees, the department will request the president and the Congress to allow them to use P600 million of the P1.2 billion that Sanofi Pasteur has refunded.

The department has also written Sanofi anew after it refused to refund the Philippines for used Dengvaxia vaccines.

The DOH also plans to file charges against Sanofi if it will once again refuse to take responsibility regarding the controversial anti-dengue vaccine. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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Rights advocates confront experts,seek medical assistance for Dengvaxia vaccinees

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Parents of Dengvaxia vaccinees are bewildered by the differing opinions and views of doctors regarding the controversial vaccine.

That is why they have decided to discuss and clarify things with the UP-PGH expert panel.

According to the Coalition for People’s Right to Health (CPRH), they want to help these parents in seeking free medical assistance, justice, and indemnification.

“This is an independent forum sponsored by the Coalition of People’s Right to Health. There are reactors, there will also be lawyers,” said Dr. Eleonor Jara, a co-convenor.

“This is more for the coalition, it’s really pro-people. Whatever will be more beneficial to our countrymen is our stand,” she added.

Among those seeking help is Norman Castillote, the faculty president of Nagpayong Elementary School in Pasig City which had an estimated 1,000 vaccinees in 2016.

He said that the Dengvaxia issue has affected their students in various ways, such as refusing other free medical services offered to them like deworming.

The vaccinees have also become objects of ridicule.

“Binubully silang ng mga hindi na-vaccinan, ‘Uy mamamatay ka na kasi na- vaccinan ka,’ eh may effect iyon sa kanila. Nagko-cause iyon ng hindi pagkakaunawaan sa loob ng klase. Pina- pacify ko nalang sila para hindi sila mag- away,” said Castillote.

(Kids who have not been vaccinated by Dengvaxia would heckle vaccinees saying, ‘Oh, you’re going to die because you’ve been vaccinated.’ It affects vaccinees and causes misunderstanding in class. I just pacify them to avert conflict.)

The forum with the UP- PGH expert panel headed by Dr. Juliet Sio-Aguilar, lasted for four hours. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue


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