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