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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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President Duterte seeks truth on Dengvaxia issue

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed support for the independent investigation on Dengvaxia controversy.

He encouraged those who are involved to speak the truth as soon as possible though he believes that the officials of the past administration who procured the dengue vaccination acted in good faith.

“Kaya nga binili natin yun. Alam mo it’s good faith. If you really think, in good faith, you are doing the right thing, nobody but nobody could question you except your conscience (That’s why the government bought that. You know, it’ s good faith. If you really think, in good faith, you are doing the right thing, nobody but nobody could question you except your conscience),” Pres. Duterte said.

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Philippine College of Physicians to help identify individuals vaccinated with Dengvaxia by private pediatricians

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) has expressed concern over the condition of the more than 800-thousand children who received Dengvaxia vaccine under the government’s mass immunization program.

The PCP is more worried about the children who received the vaccination from private doctors.

With this, the group of doctors vowed to help the Department of Health (DOH) in identifying the individuals vaccinated with Dengvaxia by private pediatricians.

“It’s a call for all of us to make sure that these preventable diseases particularly the vaccine-preventable diseases should be adequately addressed by making sure that we look at of course the efficacy as well as the safety of the vaccines,” said Dr. Mario Panaligan of Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Fatima Gimenez, a pediatrician who specializes in contagious diseases said they will immediately submit lists of names of individuals who received the vaccine in private medical facilities to the Health Department.

“We’ve been asked to give a list to the Department of Health of all the names of the people . . . and then we will monitor for the next couple of years,” she said.

The doctors reminded parents to immediately bring their children to the nearest hospital if symptoms of dengue begins to show after receiving Dengvaxia.

“Importante sa Dengue siyempre iyong hydration o pagbibigay ng fluids. Very crucial. Sabi ko nga lumalapot ang dugo. Fluid ang pinaka- importante diyan. Hindi dapat matakot sa pagdudugo kundi sa paglapot ng dugo,” Panaligan said.

(What’s important when addressing dengue is hydration or the administration of more fluids. It’s very crucial. When the blood thickens, you should drink more fluids. They should not fear the bleeding, but the thickening of blood.)

Malacañang, meanwhile, has once again vowed to hold accountable the individuals responsible for the purchase and distribution of the controversial vaccine.

The Palace said the President also wants to demand from the pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur to return the amount the Philippine government paid them.

Malacañang noted this is for the manufacturer’s alleged willful hiding of information about the negative effects of Dengvaxia to people who received it without prior dengue infection. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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DepEd orders monitoring and surveillance of students who received Dengvaxia

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has issued a department order for the monitoring and surveillance of students who received the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine.

With this, DepEd directed all school administrators and school health personnel to review their master list and get the exact number of students injected with Dengvaxia.

They are also tasked to determine the amount of dosage the students received, and if they are experiencing symptoms after the vaccination.

The government vowed to also intensify its campaign against dengue.

It includes the implementation of the 4S strategy which seeks to annihilate the possible breeding ground of mosquitoes in schools.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health said it might also employ the services of private healthcare practitioners and personnel of several community-based vaccination programs in identifying the children who received the Dengvaxia vaccine. — UNTV News & Rescue

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