VACC to seek probe into alleged anomalous purchase of dengue vaccines
admin • December 4, 2017 • 4749
Anti-dengue vaccine: Dengvaxia
MANILA, Philippines — The group of Volunteers against Crime and Corruption (VACC) is expected to file a formal request at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct an investigation regarding the anomalous purchase of 3.5 billion- peso anti-dengue vaccine.
The dengue immunization program of the DOH is seen as a serious case because of the possible health risks to children particularly those who have not yet been infected with dengue.
VACC founding chairman, Dante Jimenez said, whoever was behind this should be held accountable.
“We will file a letter first in DOJ and NBI requesting for an investigation on this scam,” he said.
The VACC has talked to an alleged witness who has knowledge of the whole purchasing process of the controversial vaccine.
He also suggested the placement of DOH complaint desks at different schools, where parents can address their concerns about their children who received the vaccination.
“We will urge also the government to pay you [parents] damages. Kaya dapat DOH magset-up kayo ng centers nationwide (That is why DOH must set up centers nationwide). Lagay kayo ng mga complaints sinu-sino yung mga nagpa-vaccine diyan (set up complaint desks to track who received the vaccines),” said Jimenez.
Data from the Department of Health (DOH) shows that more than 700,000 students have been vaccinated by the anti-dengue vaccine.
Last Friday, the DOH already ordered to temporarily suspend the dengue immunization program, while waiting for the recommendation from experts in the World Health Organization (WHO). — UNTV News & Rescue
The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered a preventive suspension against five Department of Health (DOH) officials for the alleged delays in the release of frontliner benefits.
Ombudsman Samuel Martires signed the order on Tuesday (October 27) to preventively suspend for six months Health Undersecretary Roger Tong-an; Kenneth Ronquillo, Maylene Beltran, Laureano Cruz and Esperanza Carating.
The order is to prevent the officials from potentially tampering with documents or evidence while an investigation on the health department is ongoing.
The investigation was opened in June to look into the alleged delay in the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and other medical gears, alleged lapses that led to the rising number of health workers infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), inaction to the release of financial benefits for fallen medical workers, as well as confusing and delayed reports of COVID-19 cases in the country.
The DOH previously welcomed the said investigation and assured they will fully cooperate with the appropriate authorities. AAC
The Philippines records a total of 1,509 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) with 362,243 total cases, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Wednesday (October 21).
The DOH also recorded 60 deaths and 911 recoveries. The day’s recorded recoveries brought the total number to 311,506.
Based on DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin no. 221, 90% of the total daily cases occurred within the recent 14 days, while the top regions in the recent two weeks are in the National Capital Region (NCR) with 320 cases, and Region 4A with 297 cases.
The DOH also added that 41 duplicates were removed from the total case count. Thirty-one recovered cases and three deaths have also been removed from the list.
The University of the Philippines Octa Research Team said there are still areas with high COVID-19 cases since October 11, based on their research. These areas include several areas in the National Capital Region (NCR), Pasig, Makati, Pasay, Mandaluyong, and Marikina.
Meanwhile, DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said 60-70% of the country’s population should be vaccinated against COVID-19 for herd immunity.
“It doesn’t stop there because we would need 60-70% of the population immunized so we can have herd immunity. So when we talk about P12.5 billion that is just covering our population,” she said. AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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