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WHO clarifies it did not recommend Dengvaxia to any country

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017


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

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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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