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

by UNTV   |   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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PNP denies death of QC cop linked to Dengvaxia

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2018

PNP Health Service acting director PSSupt. Ma. Antonietta Langcauon answers question from the media regarding the death of a police allegedly vaccinated with Dengvaxia

MANILA, Philippines —According to the Philippine National Police (PNP), the cop who reportedly died of Dengvaxia did not receive the controversial dengue vaccine.

PNP Health Service acting director PSSupt. Ma. Antonietta Langcauon said that SP02 Vicente Arugay of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 6 was not on the list of Dengvaxia vaccinees.

“We have the lists in Camp Karingal. His name is not there,” said the police officer.

She noted that Arugay was already 50 years old. He is not included in the 9 to 45 years old required age to receive Dengvaxia vaccine.

The doctors of the PNP  said the cause of Arugay’s death was leptospirosis based on the symptoms he showed which include fever, a decrease in sodium and jaundice, which was why he could not talk.

He also suffered bleeding.

“Di tayo pwede mga imbento o gumawa ng istorya to cover up. Wala po kami mapapala dyan,” said the PNP chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.

(We’re not allowed to invent or create a story to cover up. We will not benefit from it.)

Of the 1,548 individuals injected with Dengvaxia inside Camp Crame, none are staying at the PNP General Hospital since March 16.

A utility worker of the PNP GH reportedly died due to Dengvaxia vaccine but the PNP Health Service said the worker died of pneumonia. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue 


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DBM wants P1.16-B Dengvaxia refund for vaccinees

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Anti-dengue vaccine: Dengvaxia

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Department of Health (DOH) target to use the P1.16-billion refund of the Sanofi Pasteur from the unused Dengvaxia vaccine, as the supplemental budget of the government’s program for Dengvaxia vaccinees.

The proposal states the allocation of P131-million for the expenses of health personnel working under the program; P261-million for the distribution of medical kits and more than P768-million for their medical assistance.

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said the fund will be allocated to the hospital expenses of several patients.

“As far as I know there’s no limit on the assistance of the in-patient,” said the budget secretary.

Diokno noted the government should assure first that they are among the 870,000 Dengvaxia recipients.

“Yung ang hinahanap namin, baka naman may mga ghost vaccinees pa rin doon di ba,” said Diokno.

(What we are looking for are the legitimate recipients, because there might be ghost vaccines there.)

The DBM is expecting Congress to discuss the proposed supplemental budget upon the resumption of its session in May. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue


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Health chief warns hospitals over Dengvaxia case refusal

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

MANILA, Philippines — Hospitals will face cancellation of PhilHealth accreditations and licenses if proven to have rejected emergency cases especially those Dengvaxia-related concerns.

This is a warning made by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III during his inspection at San Lorenzo Ruiz Women’s Hospital in Malabon and in Navotas City hospitals on Thursday.

He stressed that government hospitals are obliged to setup dengue or Dengvaxia fast lane to prioritize patients with such cases.

“Kung ang inyo pong mga tanggapan ay punung-puno ng pasyente (If your office is filled with patients), it still does not exempt you from giving emergency care,” said the health chief.

Duque said that experts from UP-PGH are continuing with their investigation on Dengvaxia-linked deaths.

Out of 14 bodies of children they examined, three were linked to the Dengvaxia vaccination.

“They died of dengue shock syndrome. And their theory is, it could be because of vaccine failure or the phenomenon of antibody-dependent enhancement,” said Duque.

Meanwhile, the secretary is leaving it up to the Senate whatever the outcome of the investigation on Dengvaxia will be and vows to respect its result.

“Senator Gordon is a topnotch lawyer. So I would want to respect whatever is the outcome of the investigation that was conducted,” said the health secretary. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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