MANILA, Philippines – The World Health Organization (WHO) is aware of the concerns of Filipinos, especially mothers, whose children have received dengue vaccination.
In a statement released by world agency on its website, Tuesday, it clarified that it did not recommend to countries the introduction of the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine into their national immunization programs, stated in the position paper it released last July 2016.
Instead, the international body stated the matters that should be taken into consideration by national governments in deciding whether or not to use the said vaccine.
WHO also said that the previous leadership of the Philippine’s Department of Health (DOH) already launched the Dengue Mass Immunization Program even before it released its advisory regarding the vaccine.
Until now, WHO is still waiting for the results of the expert studies on the possible effects of Dengvaxia to individuals who received the vaccine.
The WHO also supports the decision of the DOH and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to order the pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pastuer to halt the market sale and distribution of Dengvaxia.
According to DOH Asst. Sec Lyndon Lee Suy, who already held a meeting to form recommendations to countries regarding the proper use of Dengvaxia
“Because the WHO does not recommend any product at all in general. What they offer is guidance to countries who want to use it. It gives guidelines which become the basis of the countries in terms of its implementation. They will review it again. This vaccine is not just registered in the Philippines but also in 19 countries. All of these countries have a concern because of this one,” Suy said.
UNTV News team tried to get the sides on the issue of two former health secretaries who supervised the mass vaccination of Dengvaxia.
In response, Dr. Paulyn Ubial said she will release a statement regarding the issue during the Senate’s hearing on the controversy on Monday.
Dr. Janette Garin, the Health Secretary during the term of former President Benigno Aquino III, initially said she is ready to face the issue. However, she insisted anew that they implemented the dengue immunization program using Dengvaxia with the guidance and recommendation of the
Meanwhile, Sanofi Pasteur, the manufacturer of Dengvaxia, has yet to comment on the statement of the international organization. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue
President Duterte seeks truth on Dengvaxia issue
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
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
DepEd orders monitoring and surveillance of students who received Dengvaxia
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