MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) met with the Municipal Health Officers in Region 3, Wednesday, to discuss the measures they are going to take concerning children who have already been vaccinated with Dengvaxia.
DOH Region 3 Director Dr. Leonita Gorgolon said they will monitor and survey these children one by one to determine if they had experienced negative side effects.
“So hahanapin po namin ngayon (we will track them). We will issue advisory to all RHUs (rural health units) and the district hospital and regional hospital to be alert on especially grade 4 students with fever to make sure na, matanong talaga sila (to ask them). Very important question is: did they receive previous vaccine especially Dengvaxia? ” Gorgolon said.
Based on DOH Region 3 records, the number of children who have undergone anti-dengue vaccination reached 205,000.
Aside from monitoring, the DOH will also look into the sanitation in the region to prevent breeding of dengue-carrying mosquitos.
DOH Region 3 also plans to provide parents a thorough explanation of the controversy surrounding Dengvaxia.
The agency also ensured to give the necessary assistance to whoever will experience the side effects of the said vaccine.
“I would like also to emphasize that in any event we are ready to help kung kailangan namin talagang tulungan yung family to make sure na walang mawawala,(if the family will require assistance to make sure no one dies [from side effects]) we will do that,” said Gorgolon.
The DOH once again assured that they are doing everything to determine who are responsible for the distribution of Dengvaxia and how this issue can be solved.
“For the last past few days talaga nirereview yung mga dokumentong mayroon tayo, yung mga papel na hawak natin yung mga prosesong dinaanan sa pagpoprocure, yung pagpaplano yung mga ginawang exchange sa mga experts, titingnan kung may gaps dito, nagkaroon ba ng lapse,” Assistant Secretary of Health Dir. Dr. Lyndon L. Lee Suy said.
(For the last past few days we have been reviewing the documents that we have, the processes of procurement, the planning, the exchanges with experts. We will check if there were gaps and lapses.) – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue