Emergency Hotlines: LANDLINE (+63) 2 911 – 8688

WHO clarifies it did not recommend Dengvaxia to any country

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

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_120617_Sanofi

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
WHO.

Meanwhile, Sanofi Pasteur, the manufacturer of Dengvaxia, has yet to comment on the statement of the international organization. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

Tags: , , , ,

DepEd, DOH launch mobile app for monitoring of Dengvaxia vaccinees

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Dengvaxia vaccinees can now be monitored digitally online and in real time by parents and guardians.

This is through a soon to be launched mobile apps called Abizo and Kaizala for Android, iOS and Microsoft phones.

The apps allow parents of vaccinees to report the condition of their children.

It aims to provide vaccinees a prompt response and immediate medical attention by the local government.

“ This is not mandatory… Parents who are interested in tracing and monitoring the state of their children, whether away from home or at school can take advantage of these two kind of apps,” explained Education Secretary Leonor Briones.

“If there’s a parent (who) downloaded the app and registered the name of his or her child, lalabas doon kaagad iyong names. If he provided the LRN then verified agad na siya iyong parent. If he didn’t provide, that report will be segregated then throwback again to DOH for validation. Kapag na-verify then we include them under the category of private sector,” added Education Undersecretary Alain Del Pascua.

The monitoring apps are also expected to help identify areas that have high incidence of Dengvaxia vaccinees who are getting sick.

“There are a checklist of symptoms that they can just say, may lagnat, pannakit ng ulo…madali na. Sasabihin na lang doon saan mo dadalhin iyong bata. Anong service delivery, part of the network mo siya dadalhin,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

The Department of Education (DepEd) and other stakeholders assured that the National Privacy Act will protect the data sharing between DepEd and the Department of Health (DOH) in using the mobile apps.

Parents may officially use the mobile apps at the end of August. – Aiko Miguel / UNTV News and Rescue

Tags: ,

Gaming addiction classified as mental health disorder by WHO

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

A child playing video game ‘Fortnite’. Image grabbed from Reuters video

 

Many parents already have concerns, but some may now have a new argument for limiting their children’s ‘screen time’ – addiction to video games has been recognized by World Health Organization as a mental health disorder.

The WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD), a reference bible of recognized and diagnosable diseases, describes addiction to digital and video gaming as “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior” that becomes so extensive it “takes precedence over other life interests”.

The WHO’s expert on mental health and substance abuse, Shekhar Saxena, said an addicted gamer “loses control over the gaming and ignores other essential activities like sleep, like eating, like taking part in education or work.”

He stressed that only a small minority of people who play digital and video games would develop a problem, but said recognition of early warning signs may help prevent it.

“The very fact that we did not put gaming disorder earlier in the classification means that it’s an emerging problem and certainly it’s more common in those countries and regions where gaming is readily accessible,” he said.

Responding to the decision to including gaming addiction, the Video Games Coalition – an industry lobby group – said their products were “enjoyed safely and sensibly by more than 2 billion people worldwide” across all kinds of genres, devices, and platforms.

It added that the “educational, therapeutic, and recreational value” of games was well-founded and widely recognized and urged the WHO to reconsider.

The ICD, which has been updated over the past 10 years, covers 55,000 injuries, diseases, and causes of death. It forms a basis for the WHO and other experts to see and respond to trends in health.

The ICD is also used by health insurers whose reimbursements depend on ICD classifications.

This latest version – known as ICD-11 – is completely electronic for the first time, in an effort to make it more accessible to doctors and other health workers around the world.

ICD-11 also includes changes to sexual health classifications. Previous editions had categorized sexual dysfunction and gender incongruence, for example, under mental health conditions, while in ICD-11 these move to the sexual health section. The latest edition also has a new chapter on traditional medicine.

The updated ICD is scheduled to be presented to WHO member states at their annual World Health Assembly in May 2019 for adoption in January 2022, the WHO said in a statement. — Reuters

Tags: , , ,

Study affirms negative effects of Dengvaxia

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2018

The controversial anti-dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia

The New England Journal of Medicine published an article about the negative effects of the controversial anti-dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia to those who have not contracted the disease prior to inoculation.

According to the article entitled “Impact of Dengue Serostatus on Dengue Vaccine Safety and Efficacy,” the vaccine is effective in protecting the patient from a re-occurrence of dengue. However, to those without prior dengue infection, the vaccine is not recommended as it could lead to severe dengue.

The study focused on the analysis of the dengue vaccine manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur which is Dengvaxia. This means the research study is in conformity with the recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO) in April that Dengvaxia should not be administered to children without prior exposure to dengue.

In November 2017, Sanofi Pasteur issued a warning saying there is very high possibility of contracting severe dengue if Dengvaxia is received by individuals without prior dengue infection.

Dengvaxia has been administered to nearly 800,000 children in the Philippines under the government’s Dengue immunization program. – UNTV News & Rescue

Tags: , ,