Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) is open to working with the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) in the case that they are preparing against pharmaceutical giant, Sanofi Pasteur, in relation to the Dengvaxia controversy.
“We’ve always been open from day one. We never shut our doors to them. We were open since day one. We’re always open because we believe that we have to approach this from the whole of government approach, therefore, we should complement, therefore we should cooperate,” said health chief, Francisco Duque III.
The health secretary made this statement when he visited the Rizal Medical Center (RMC) in Pasig City.
Duque added that the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) will represent DOH and will hold the case being prepared versus Sanofi Pasteur.
“You have to have very strong pieces of evidence. Otherwise, if you do it sloppily like other people do it, you could set up yourselves in an embarrassing legal defeat. So we don’t like that,” said Duque.
Meanwhile, RMC has recorded a low number of hospital admissions for Dengvaxia immunized patients.
Only 262 cases were recorded in the said hospital from January to March 9, 2018
Duque said the cases were not attributable to Dengvaxia. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News and Rescue