DepEd, DOH launch mobile app for monitoring of Dengvaxia vaccinees
Marje Pelayo • July 17, 2018 • 4016
MANILA, Philippines – Dengvaxia vaccinees can now be monitored digitally online and in real time by parents and guardians.
This is through a soon to be launched mobile apps called Abizo and Kaizala for Android, iOS and Microsoft phones.
The apps allow parents of vaccinees to report the condition of their children.
It aims to provide vaccinees a prompt response and immediate medical attention by the local government.
“ This is not mandatory… Parents who are interested in tracing and monitoring the state of their children, whether away from home or at school can take advantage of these two kind of apps,” explained Education Secretary Leonor Briones.
“If there’s a parent (who) downloaded the app and registered the name of his or her child, lalabas doon kaagad iyong names. If he provided the LRN then verified agad na siya iyong parent. If he didn’t provide, that report will be segregated then throwback again to DOH for validation. Kapag na-verify then we include them under the category of private sector,” added Education Undersecretary Alain Del Pascua.
The monitoring apps are also expected to help identify areas that have high incidence of Dengvaxia vaccinees who are getting sick.
“There are a checklist of symptoms that they can just say, may lagnat, pannakit ng ulo…madali na. Sasabihin na lang doon saan mo dadalhin iyong bata. Anong service delivery, part of the network mo siya dadalhin,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.
The Department of Education (DepEd) and other stakeholders assured that the National Privacy Act will protect the data sharing between DepEd and the Department of Health (DOH) in using the mobile apps.
Parents may officially use the mobile apps at the end of August. – Aiko Miguel / UNTV News and Rescue
“The vaccines that we are mentioning is not a solution or a silver bullet for the ongoing outbreak. We are open to any discussion with the health authorities to see what is needed, what do they need for the future,” Zinsou said.
In February this year, the FDA revoked the certificate of product registration of Dengvaxia.
Sanofi already filed an appeal two weeks ago and the DOH will release their decision on the issue on August 19.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
The Department of Health (DOH) has belied the accusation made by families of Dengvaxia vaccinees that they received a P50,000 bribe from the department.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III clarified that the P50,000 financial assistance did not come from the DOH.
“Iyang ayuda na iyan galing iyan sa Office of the President so hindi iyan galing sa DOH. Ito lamang ay dahil sa malasakit ng Pangulong Duterte para sa mga magulang na namatayan at gumastos para sa kanilang wake at paglibing at mga iba pang mga gastusin (That assistance came from the Office of the President, not the DOH. It was borne out of President Duterte’sconcern for the parents of alleged Dengvaxia victims who had to pay for the wake, burial and other expenses),” he said.
This was after reports that several families of the Dengvaxia vaccinees are accusing the DOH of bribery after the department has offered them P50,000 financial assistance.
Several of them said they were asked to submit original documents and other information. They think these would be used as evidence in order to bring back the use of Dengvaxia amid the rise of dengue cases.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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