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400 children who received Dengvaxia injection, tested positive of dengue

by UNTV News   |   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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PCMC to public over dengue death: ‘No outbreak’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The administration of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center has allayed public fears over an alleged outbreak of dengue in the facility following the death of a doctor due to severe dengue.

On Monday, September 24, the hospital’s executive director Dr. Julious Lecciones assured in an interview that there is no reason for patients and visitors to refrain from going into the facility.

“Hindi naman ang ospital ngayon na kung pumunta ka ay magkaka- dengue ka rito sa ospital, that we assure the public…hindi nila dapat katakutan ang pagpunta sa Ospital,” Lecciones said.

He stressed that there is no outbreak of dengue within the facility. In fact, it is one of the hospitals that treat emergency cases of dengue.

“Ang PCMC ay isa sa mga hospital na tumatanggap ng mahihirap na kaso at kabilang na iyan – ang dengue – na kung dalhin sa amin ay talaga nga namang maa- ICU na ang karamihan sa kanila at sa ngayon sila ang nakakapuno sa ICU naming,” Lecciones explained.

The PCMC appeals to the public not to link the incident to Dengvaxia as it is a different concern and also in respect of the doctor’s family and colleagues as they grieve the loss of a dedicated pediatric surgeon.

“Wala po sa mga doktor namin …wala pong nabakunahan ng Dengvaxia,” he assured.

To prevent further spread of dengue, the hospital management ordered a continuous cleaning, misting and fogging especially at the hospital’s outpatient ward where the five doctors contracted dengue.

“Tuloy- tuoy nga ang aming pag- search and destroy. Tuloy- tuloy ang general cleaning sa buong hospital. In fact, nitong weekend talagang nagkaroon ng malawakang paglilinis. Nag-mist and spraying ng insecticide at kasama na rin doon ang fogging para lang matanggal o mawala ang mga lamok na ito,” said Dr. Socia Gonzales, PCMC’s spokesperson.

All 1,020 employees were also ordered for a general check-up to ensure that no one else has contracted the disease.

The hospital management has also coordinated with the local government of Quezon City to intensify information and awareness campaign so that residents in the surrounding area of PCMC will be warned to protect against dengue.

All visitors are also being strictly checked especially arriving children as they are the most vulnerable to any kinds of diseases.

The PCMC is expecting for the arrival of representatives from the DOH’s Epidemiology Bureau and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM for the overall checking and evaluation on the health conditions of all staff, doctors, and patients within the facility. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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Dengue infects over 59,000, kills 69 in Thailand

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Accumulated wastewater, rubbish in Rim Bung Makkasan, Bangkok, Thailand | CCTV via REUTERS

Thailand has seen over 59,000 patients infected with dengue fever, 69 of whom died from the disease, according to the figures given by the country’s health department in September.

In Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, the latest number of dengue sufferers is 5,899 with five deaths. Two victims came from the slum of Rim Bung Makkasan, one of the most dengue-hit areas in the city.

The sanitary condition in Rim Bung Makkasan is so bad, with a large amount of rubbish piled up there, and smelly wastewater accumulated in low-lying areas, which provide a suitable environment for insects like mosquitoes to grow up in the rainy season, intensifying the epidemic situation here.

Most of the residents living in the shanties in Rim Bung Makkasan are migrant workers and their children and elder family members.

For Uraiphon, her son and grandson were both infected with dengue, and the disease claimed the life of her son days ago.

Uraiphon said there are about 200 people in the slum, some of whom suffered dengue, but now the situation is getting better.

“After my son died of dengue, no one more was diagnosed with the disease here,” said Uraiphon.

Now Bangkok’s disease control department has taken measures to hold back dengue from spreading by killing mosquitoes and eliminating accumulated water.

“The government dispatched workers like avenue leader and medical staffers to help us wipe out disease. The mosquitoes were reproduced from wastewater and rubbish. In recent days, the government is conducting us to work at the sanitary work. We cooperated with each other to make the environment better. We thank them very much,” said Somtawin, another resident in Rim Bung Makkasan

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne contagious tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. After infected, the patients will have symptoms like fever, headache, and arthralgia. Now there has no efficient drug to fight against the disease.

In Thailand, the peak time of dengue breakout is the rainy season from July to September. The data from the Thai health department indicate that last year, 9,368 people in Bangkok were infected with Dengue, six of whom lost their lives. — Reuters

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Duterte to name experts picked to probe Dengvaxia mess: DOH

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, September 7th, 2018

Anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia

 

MANILA, Philippines —President Rodrigo Duterte has selected three experts to form the Asian panel who will investigate the effects of the controversial vaccine, Dengvaxia.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the information may likely be made public next week after the arrival of Duterte on Sunday (September 9) from his historic visit to Israel and Jordan.

Malacañang mentioned before that the President will pick three among the recommended experts from Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.

“Part of the presidential directive is, those members of the panel, the experts, must come from the countries where the Dengvaxia immunization program was also implemented,” said Duque.

He added that the investigation by the Asian panel of experts on Dengvaxia is expected to be completed as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the Health Department expressed gratitude to Congress for passing the P1.161 billion supplemental budget.

“ We are very gratified and thanks to the House and the Senate for their most positive decision to pass and approve this bill,” he said.

This will be used to finance the medical needs of the children who were inoculated with Dengvaxia vaccine.

Secretary Duque noted that around 900,000 people were injected with the anti-dengue vaccine and most of them are children. – Rosalie Coz

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