DOH prepares cases against Sanofi Pasteur

admin   •   October 24, 2018   •   2936

The controversial dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) is set to meet with the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) next week for the development of the case to be filed against the French pharmaceutical giant, Sanofi Pasteur.

“Regularly naman bawa’t may nakikita tayong ebidenysa katulad ng mga bagong pag-aaral ipinadadala natin sa kanila and we’re meeting with them,” said DOH Usec. Eric Domingo.

Meanwhile, a group of health workers, Aksyon Health Workers party-list appealed to the European Union (EU) and the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) to consider first the cases of Dengvaxia vaccinees in the Philippines before giving the accreditation to have it available again in the local market.

The group argued that Europe does not belong to dengue-endemic areas unlike the overseas territories of Carribean, Latin America, Southern Africa and neighboring countries in the Western Pacific Region.

The group together with the Coalition for People’s Right to Health and parents of Dengvaxia vaccinees will also write to the EU to have their appeal be noticed and heard.

“Nakakabahala iyan kasi parang hindi kinonsider kung ano iyong nangyari dito sa Pilipinas na na-vaccinate o nabakunahan iyong 800,000 at merong reported deaths,” said Aksyon president Dr. Joseph Carabeo.

“Tila walang kasiguruhan at ang isa lang talaga na klaro na minamadali nila iyong para ma-recover nila iyong kanilang investment. Paano naman ang kaligtasan at kalusugan ng ating mga anak? May nawalan tayo ng ilang mga anak at the prime of  their life hindi basta-basta na  usapin na ito,” he said.

Meanwhile, there are more than 50 cases being studied by the Dengue Investigative Task Force (DITF) to check the medical records and findings of the vaccinees who died.

Aside from the dengue fast lanes, the DOH is also focusing on putting up dengue centers of excellence in the country to give proper medical care to those infected with dengue, especially the children.

DOH plans to start their operation in 2019 with the help of the world health organization

Dengue centers of excellence will be placed in PGH, San Lazaro Hospital, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical center in Cebu and in Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

DOH explains COVID-19 recoveries are symptoms-based, not test-based

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 31, 2020

All the mild and asymptomatic cases that had undergone quarantine for 14 days have been considered recovered after not exhibiting any symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to the Department of Health (DOH).

The DOH said this policy is the global standard where symptoms-based is used and not test-based in declaring a recovered COVID-19 patient.

Kapag asymptomatic po siya after 14 days without symptoms, they can already be tagged as recovered pwede na po siyang mag- trabaho (If he is asymptomatic after 14 days without symptoms, he can already be tagged as recovered and resume work), according to DOH Usec. Rosario Vergeire.

Still, Vergeire said that it is important that a recovered individual should have an assessment from a physician confirming his recovery.

The number of daily recoveries went up to over 38,000 on Thursday (July 30), with a total of 65,054 recovered cases. The daily number of cases, meanwhile, went over 3,000.

The DOH said the ‘mass recoveries’ and surge of cases is due to the ‘reconciliation efforts’ of the department to consolidate its data with the data of local government units (LGUs) through Oplan Recovery.

Oplan Recovery is the DOH’s initiative to monitor the status of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country. –AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

DOH aims to test 10-M Filipinos for COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 21, 2020

The Department of Health (DOH) aims to target 10 million Filipinos to undergo testing for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, however, said the government does not have the capacity to test all citizens, adding that no country has ever had the capacity to do so.

Hindi naman po natin pwede i-test ang bawa’t mamamayan wala pong bansang nakakagawa nito kahit ang pinakamayaman katulad ng United States of America (You cannot test every citizen, no country has done that even the richest ones like the United States of America),” he said.

However, Duque said they target to test 10% of the total population of the country by 2021. This would exceed the ratio testing capacity of America, Duque added.

“[Our target] is 10 million Filipinos to be tested by 2021. We hope to do the test at 32,000 to 40,000 a day,” he said.

READ: DOH to include PUV drivers in expanded COVID-19 testing

The DOH previously announced they will include other workers in their expanded COVID-19 testing while they recently announced the completion of a Filipino-made coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) test kit.

“We still have lots of testing kits. It’s about 2 million plus testing kits still left para gamitin sa goal na gusto natin (to be used to achieve our goal) for us to have sustained capacity for testing,” according to DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire. –AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Duque: We successfully flattened the curve since April

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 15, 2020

The Philippines has successfully flattened the curve since April, according to the Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III.

The Health Secretary said the number of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases stabilized from 210 to 220 per day.

“So over time we have been able to stabilize the number of new cases being reported anywhere 210-220 per day. This is the clarification I would like to make,” he said.

Duque said the doubling time of cases and mortality also slowed down. He explained the doubling time went down from around two days to eight days.

“I mentioned that on basis of case doubling time that has actually become longer beyond 7 days, anywhere from 8-12 days. This is an improvement from the initial phase of the outbreak, where case doubling time is about 2.5 days,” according to Duque.

However, former special adviser to the COVID-19 National Task Force (NTF) Dr. Anthony Leachon said the DOH should review their data.

As of July 14, the DOH reported 634 new cases, increasing the total number of cases to 57,545. The Philippines also previously recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases in a day with 2,434 tallied last July 5. 

“I don’t think we have flattened the curve based on our increase in cases, number of deaths, and full critical care capacity of NCR and Cebu hospitals,” he said in a tweet.

Senator Miguel Zubiri also slammed Duque for his remark and said daily cases increased to over a thousand and the Philippines is soon becoming number one is Southeast Asia in terms of COVID-19 cases.

“The only thing that is flat are the backs of all the poor patients in fully occupied COVID-19 wards all around Metro Manila fighting for their lives,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a message, Duque said COVID-19 cases in April declined after implementing Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). He also added that COVID-19 cases increased due to the expanded COVID-19 testing. —AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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