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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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DOH proposes almost P1.5B for Dengvaxia assistance program

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The House Committee on Appropriations discussed Wednesday, May 16, the proposed allotment of funds for Department of Health’s (DOH) Dengvaxia Assistance Program in accordance with House Bill Number 7449.

Present in the briefing were Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, officials from the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO,) and parents of Dengvaxia vaccinees.

DOH presented before the committee its proposed allocation of the almost P1.5 billion fund which will be taken from the P1.61 billion refund from Sanofi Pasteur for the unused Dengvaxia vaccines.

In its proposal, DOH wants to use the said amount to provide medical assistance to Dengvaxia vaccinees (P84M); to fund DOH’s out-patient care package (P776.250M); to support the deployment of nurses for Health Education (P67.8M); proposed active case finding or profiling/navigation of vaccinees (P300M); and procurement of Dengvaxia medical kits (P270M)

However,committee chair Congressman Carlo Nograles opposed DOH’s appropriation of P270 million  for the purchase of medical kits citing that a larger fund is very much necessary to support the medical needs of Dengvaxia vaccinees.

Based on DOH’s records, there are at least 890,000 Dengvaxia vaccinees across the country. Parents of Dengvaxia vaccinees claimed during the briefing that more children injected with Dengvaxia are still unaccounted by health personnel.

In response to this, DOH appeals for the immediate approval of the budget proposal to deploy nurses who would do the profiling and monitoring of Dengvaxia vaccinees.

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, meanwhile, suggested extending the use of funds preferably up to 2019 to accommodate requests from other agencies. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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P-Noy fails to attend prelim probe on Dengvaxia complaint

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018


Former President Benigno Aquino III


MANILA, Philippines – Former President Benigno Aquino III failed to show up Tuesday, May 15, in the preliminary investigation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the complaints filed against him in relation to the Dengvaxia controversy.

The complainants of the case include the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC,) Vanguard of the Philippines Inc., and Atty. Manuelito Luna.

Among the respondents were former Finance Secretary Florencio Abad, former Health Secretary Janet Garin and former officials of the Department of Health (DOH.)

Those who did not attend were represented by their respective lawyers. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur, the manufacturer of Dengvaxia, did not send any representative.

Respondents are facing four different charges including violation of the Procurement Law, technical malversation, graft and criminal negligence.

They were given a copy of the complaint and advised to submit their respective counter-affidavits within the next 15 days.

The DOJ also obliged the respondents to attend the next hearing on June 4 at 10:00 in the morning to personally face inquiry. — Rey Pelayo |UNTV News & Rescue

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PAO files 3 more Dengvaxia complaints vs. Duque, Garin

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2018

(L-R) former Health Secretary Janette Garin and current Health Secretary Francisco Duque III


MANILA, Philippines – The quest for justice for the victims of Dengvaxia continues as the Public Attorney’s Office today filed three more cases at the Department of Justice (DOJ.)

Respondents in the complaints include Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and former Secretary Janette Garin along with other Department of Health (DOH) officials and executives of Sanofi Pastuer and Zuellig Pharma.

The new cases stem from the deaths of Marc Axl Eboña, Rei Jazztine Alimagno and Alexzander Jaime. The PAO forensic team is convinced that their deaths were the result of Dengvaxia injections.

“Sa aming assessment, napatunayan na po kung ano po ang causes of deaths nitong mga batang halos sunod-sunod na namatay. Hindi po ito coincidental lang na 53 na po ang nao-autopsy ng pao na mayroong common pattern,” PAO Chief Persida Acosta said.

 (In our assessment, the causes of deaths of these children who died one after another are already confirmed. This is not coincidental. The PAO found a common pattern in 53 [victims] subjected to autopsy.)

Analyn Eboña, the mother of Marc Axl pleaded with President Rodrigo Duterte to act on the issue.

“Hanggang ngayon hindi ko pa po naririnig ang tinig niyo, mahal na pangulo. Lalo na sa akin na ang aking anak ay naturukan nang walang pahintulot ng magulang,” she said.

(Up to now, I have not heard your voice, dear President. Especially in my case, my child was injected without parental consent.)

 There are already 9 criminal complaints filed by PAO with the DOJ over the Dengvaxia mess. The preliminary investigation on the first cases will begin next Tuesday.

Acosta said, the President’s plan to create a panel of foreign experts to probe Dengvaxia deaths will not affect their cases. – Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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