The controversial anti-dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia
MANILA, Philippines – Health Secretary Francisco Duque is facing new criminal raps over the Dengvaxia controversy.
Duque, along with former Secretary Janette Garin, and over 30 health officials and officers of Sanofi Pasteur and Zuellig Pharma, are being charged for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and violation of the anti-torture act.
The case stemmed from the death of thirteen-year-old Jansyn Art Bataan of Brgy. 177, Camarin, Caloocan City, who died last January, two months after receiving a Dengvaxia shot.
The victim’s father narrated that his son was inoculated on November 29 without their consent.
“I scolded my son. I asked him, Why did you agree to have the shot? You didn’t even ask me about it. Why didn’t the school ask for our consent?” the father of the victim, Darwin Bataan said.
The boy fell ill several days later and died within 24 hours after being admitted to the hospital.
The forensic team of the Public Attorney’s Office is convinced that Dengvaxia led to his death.
PAO chief, Atty. Persida Acosta, said Duque is liable because the inoculation happened under his watch.
“He was injected November 29. Sec. Duque assumed [office] on November 6. He continued the vaccination program,” Atty. Acosta added.
This is the sixth criminal case filed by the Public Attorney’s Office in relation to the Dengvaxia mess.
“Act now, President Duterte. I am calling on you. Listen to our pleas,” Merlyn Bataan, mother of a victim said.
The parents of Dengvaxia victims demanded anew
the secretary’s resignation. —Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue