DOH claims PAO still not cooperating on Dengvaxia controversy

admin   •   April 4, 2018   •   3922

FILE PHOTO: Public Attorney’s Office Chief Percida Acosta (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) is yet to open its door to the Department of Health (DOH) regarding the Dengvaxia controversy.

Although PAO has already expressed willingness to cooperate during a Senate hearing, it has yet to make good on its promises.

“No. Ayaw nila kahit na anong gawin namin. Ayaw nila,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque.

(No. No matter what we do, they don’t want to.)

The DOH said PAO should be cooperating with them to hold liable those responsible for giving the controversial anti-dengue vaccine to almost one million children without sufficient study on its effects.

“Hindi iyong tayo ang naglalaban-laban sa gobyerno. Hindi tama iyon. Mali po iyang direksyon na tinatahak ng ibang grupo. Tandaan natin. We have to be one here in putting together a very solid a very good case against Sanofi,” said the health chief.

(We in the government should not fight each other. It’s not right. The path being followed by other groups is wrong. Let’s remember that we have to be one here in putting together a very solid a very good case against Sanofi.)

Duque said that the two agencies should cooperate in order to properly guide vaccinees in terms of their medical needs.

But PAO chief Atty. Percida Acosta said they cannot cooperate with the DOH due to conflict of interest.

Several officials of DOH are being linked to the Dengvaxia anomaly.

Acosta said the DOH task force does not even recognize the PAO expert panel and the result of their autopsy on the remains of children whose deaths were being linked to Dengvaxia.

She claims the health department also refused to provide PAO with the master list of vaccinees.

In response, the DOH said that the autopsy cannot prove that the deaths of some vaccinees were due to Dengvaxia.

It can be noted this had been the same statement of dengue expert Dr. Scott Halstead during a Senate hearing last March 13. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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DOH: No recorded case of dengue transmission through sexual intercourse in Phl

Maris Federez   •   November 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) said there are no clear expert studies yet on the supposed recorded case in Spain of dengue transmission through sexual intercourse.

Based on a report, a male tested positive of dengue after having sexual intercourse with his partner who has dengue.

The health department said it was an isolated case.

“E kasi ito naman hindi siya the usual, this is very atypical. So, the chances of its spreading via that route are very low,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.

Sec. Duque said the DOH is rather concerned over unprotected sex which causes an increase in the number of HIV-AIDS cases in the country.

He added that the alleged transmission of dengue virus through sexual intercourse will remain theoretical or mere speculation.

 He underscored that the Philippines has yet to record a similar case of dengue transmission.

The department, he said, is pushing for safe sex and clean living, especially this year when the country is recording an average of 35 individuals who are HIV positive daily.

“I will not be worried that there can be an epidemic of dengue via that route because there already is with mosquitoes. So, I would be worried for lack of protection primarily because we don’t want anymore HIV-AIDS cases as much as possible. So incidental lang iyong isa e to the main issue of unprotected sex. It’s a (very) collateral issue,” Duque said. (from the report of Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

DOST eyes research-based techs to address dengue problem

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 5, 2019

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) wants to look into research-based technologies to address the dengue problem in the country.

DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña said the department has funded several research projects and programs to aid in addressing the different aspects of the disease.

“Through the DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, we have funded a number of research projects and programs consistent with the multi-prong approach in the control of dengue that address different aspects such as diagnosis and treatment,” he said.

One of the researches supported by the DOST is the Biotek M which is a rapid diagnostic test for dengue. This kit can diagnose dengue as early as two to three days after the onset of illness.

They are also looking into a possible herbal medicine for dengue.

“Dengue research and development has always been one of the priority research areas in the country. This is stated in the Harmonized National Research and Development Agenda led by the DOST,” said Sec. de la Peña.—AAC

Dengue cases continue to rise; 11 regions still exceed dengue alert threshold

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 3, 2019

Dengue cases in the country continue to rise with 229,736 cases and 958 deaths reported from January 1 to August 17.

Eleven regions still exceed the alert threshold for three consecutive weeks.

Based on the recent Dengue Surveillance Report, 13,327 dengue cases were recorded from August 11 to 17 with 40 deaths.

Region 1 and the National Capital Region (NCR) has exceeded the dengue alert threshold.

CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Regions 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, and BARMM, on the other hand, have exceeded the epidemic threshold.

The recorded dengue cases for from August 11-17 this year is 54% higher compared to the recorded cases last year during the same period.—AAC (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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