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Sen. Ejercito proposes a task force to monitor individuals injected with Dengvaxia

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Senator JV Ejercito insists that the hundreds of thousands of individuals who were injected with Dengvaxia vaccine should be closely monitored, especially the children.

Ejercito added that the government should create a task force that would collaborate agencies like Department of Health (DOH), World Health Organization (WHO) and the Philippine Medical Association.

The lawmaker said a budget should also be allotted for the monitoring.

“Nakakalungkot kung sakasakali man. Hindi na nga napakinabangan gagastusan pa natin to monitor the effects of those who were given vaccines,” said Ejercito.

(It’s sad. We cannot even use it yet we need to spend more to monitor its effects on those who were given the vaccines.)

Ejercito also filed a bill that would institutionalize the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) separate from the Department of Health in order to act as an independent institution.

FDA is the one that approves or allows drugs to be distributed in the market.

“Alam naman po natin na halimbawa yung secretary of health or whoever DOH higher officials would recommend a certain product, alangan namang pumalag yang FDA head kung saka-sakali. We just want to make sure that they are not compromised,” said the senator.

(We all know that once a secretary of health or whoever DOH higher official would recommend a certain product, it’s seldom that an FDA head would oppose. We just want to make sure that they are not compromised.)

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will hold a hearing on Monday on the issue of Dengvaxia which is expected to delve into the circumstances that led to a “shortcut” in the procurement of the vaccine.

“Titingnan natin kung yung Food and Drug [Administration] kung gaano katagal sila mag-apply. Titingnan natin kung gaano katagal inaprubahan itong Sanofi Pasteur and that I would want to find out,” said the Ejercito.

(We’ll see how long the Food and Drug [Administration] would apply. We will look into the duration of the process as to how long the duration was before Sanofi Pasteur was approved. That I would want to find out.)

Ejercito also advised former President Benigno Aquino III to speak and shed light on the matter.

“Hindi naman sa pinagbibintangan natin siya pero kasi nga sa init ng issue ngayon talagang hindi mo maiiwas na pag-isipan, abay bakit prior to procurement bakit nagkaroon ng dalawang meetings. Baka naman co-incidence pero maganda siya nalang mag explain,” he said.

(It’s not that we’re blaming him, but amid the burning issue, you can’t help but question: why had there been two meetings prior to procurement? It could be a coincidence but it’s better for him to explain.) — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte to name experts picked to probe Dengvaxia mess: DOH

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, September 7th, 2018

Anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia


MANILA, Philippines —President Rodrigo Duterte has selected three experts to form the Asian panel who will investigate the effects of the controversial vaccine, Dengvaxia.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the information may likely be made public next week after the arrival of Duterte on Sunday (September 9) from his historic visit to Israel and Jordan.

Malacañang mentioned before that the President will pick three among the recommended experts from Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.

“Part of the presidential directive is, those members of the panel, the experts, must come from the countries where the Dengvaxia immunization program was also implemented,” said Duque.

He added that the investigation by the Asian panel of experts on Dengvaxia is expected to be completed as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the Health Department expressed gratitude to Congress for passing the P1.161 billion supplemental budget.

“ We are very gratified and thanks to the House and the Senate for their most positive decision to pass and approve this bill,” he said.

This will be used to finance the medical needs of the children who were inoculated with Dengvaxia vaccine.

Secretary Duque noted that around 900,000 people were injected with the anti-dengue vaccine and most of them are children. – Rosalie Coz

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DepEd, DOH launch mobile app for monitoring of Dengvaxia vaccinees

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Dengvaxia vaccinees can now be monitored digitally online and in real time by parents and guardians.

This is through a soon to be launched mobile apps called Abizo and Kaizala for Android, iOS and Microsoft phones.

The apps allow parents of vaccinees to report the condition of their children.

It aims to provide vaccinees a prompt response and immediate medical attention by the local government.

“ This is not mandatory… Parents who are interested in tracing and monitoring the state of their children, whether away from home or at school can take advantage of these two kind of apps,” explained Education Secretary Leonor Briones.

“If there’s a parent (who) downloaded the app and registered the name of his or her child, lalabas doon kaagad iyong names. If he provided the LRN then verified agad na siya iyong parent. If he didn’t provide, that report will be segregated then throwback again to DOH for validation. Kapag na-verify then we include them under the category of private sector,” added Education Undersecretary Alain Del Pascua.

The monitoring apps are also expected to help identify areas that have high incidence of Dengvaxia vaccinees who are getting sick.

“There are a checklist of symptoms that they can just say, may lagnat, pannakit ng ulo…madali na. Sasabihin na lang doon saan mo dadalhin iyong bata. Anong service delivery, part of the network mo siya dadalhin,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

The Department of Education (DepEd) and other stakeholders assured that the National Privacy Act will protect the data sharing between DepEd and the Department of Health (DOH) in using the mobile apps.

Parents may officially use the mobile apps at the end of August. – Aiko Miguel / UNTV News and Rescue

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Ombudsman indicts Aquino over DAP

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Former President Benigno Aquino III


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Wednesday, June 20, indicted former President Benigno Aquino III over the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP.)

In a statement, the Office of the Ombudsman said Morales found probable cause to file a case against Aquino for usurpation of legislative powers before the Sandiganbayan for violation of Article 239 of the Revised Penal Code.

The indictment stems from the Aquino Administration’s unlawful issuance of National Budget Circular (NBC) No. 541 to implement DAP involving P72 billion public funds.

The Ombudsman claims of having evidence that would prove a conspiracy between Aquino and former Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad “to encroach on the powers of Congress by expanding the meaning of savings to fund programs, activities, and projects under the DAP.”

The resolution further noted that the budget circular would not have been issued without Aquino signing it.

Meanwhile, the Ombudsman denied Abad’s motion to reverse its decision charging him for a similar complaint.

It can be noted that the Supreme Court (SC) in July 2014 ruled that it was illegal to transfer funds under DAP. —  UNTV News & Rescue

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