May 27, 2018, 10:11 pm
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The tragedy of Dengvaxia (2)

AROUND 50 parents and their children flocked to the Department of Health (DOH) this week seeking assurance for protection and medical assistance from the government. Their big concern is what they hear and read about understaffed and non-welcoming health centers and hospitals. These medical institutions have not yet received the orders of the DOH boss. Many medical facilities are known to refuse to admit and treat Dengvaxia children unless they come with money for downpayment treatments. Their stories of refusal to treat usually are in the far out rural areas where parents have no cash and the patients are brought to the hospital in tricycles. 

Adding to parents’ worries are the contradicting statements regarding the Dengvaxia issue. 

DOH Asst. Sec. Maria Francia Laxamana said hospitals and health centers should not refuse them admission because Secretary Francisco Duque III has already issued the directive to all healthcare facilities. Yes, but have these directives reached all the areas of those 830,000 Dengvaxia-innoculated children? Can Dr, Laxamana tell me for certain that Dr. Duque’s directives are being followed by hospitals? Government hospitals in the rural normally expect patients who give no downpayment to arrive with alcohol and biogesic and whatever else they will need. Can Dr. Laxamana assure me that all medical facilities from one end of the country to the other have Emergency Lanes for Denvaxia-vaccinated children?

“Those who turn you away because you’re poor; refuse to admit you, please give us their names because we will tell the president to remove them if it is warranted,” quoting Laxamana. How will a patient in Aparri or in Jolo reach to you, Dr. Laxamana, to report the bad treatment?

Do they have mobile or landline? The victim might be dead before they find money to telegram you, or buy Globe or Smart load. And if I get your numbers, will your numbers ring? Will you answer all 10 calls within an hour from panicking parents? Please suggest a better option.”

These contradicting statements by Filipino medical practitioners can be explained. Some of these DOH officials taking sides and making noise today, were participants in the Dengvaxia purchase of the previous opposition administration. A few are in defense of Sanofi and Zuellig having been of service or beneficiaries. 

That full-page ad early this week-- paid for by certain of the signatories with vested interest in multinational pharmaceuticals including Sanofi? Ex-Health Secretary Dr. Cabral who led the list cannot possibly be objective about this Dengvaxia tragedy. She is an official of the Foundation arm of Zuellig. 

The family of Angie Pestilos, who died two months after receiving the Dengvaxia vaccine, is seeking P4.1 million in damages from top government officials involved in the purchase and implementation of the controversial antidengue vaccine program. The civil case was filed on the family’s behalf by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) of the Justice Department at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court. A separate administrative case was also filed on Monday by Volunteers Against Crime & Corruption (VACC) at the Office of the President against those who spearheaded the botched dengue immunization program of Dengvaxia. “Each death will merit its own civil action, and later, its own criminal action,” said PAO chief Acosta, who cannot be objective since PAO is not beholden to Sanofi nor Zuellig nor any pharmaceutical interest. Pestilos is one of 15 children that have been autopsied by PAO.

Among the 31 respondents in the Pestilos civil case are former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Janette Garin; resigned Health Undersecretaries Kenneth Hartigan-Go; Vicente Belizario Jr.; Health Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo, and other senior DOH officials; the board of directors and officials of Sanofi Pasteur, the French pharmaceutical company that manufactures Dengvaxia, and the board of directors and officials of Zuellig Pharma Corp., Sanofi’s Philippine distributor.

Sanofi sold the drug to the Philippines in 2015 without informing the buyer that Sanofi’s mandatory study and research protocol is still ongoing for Dengvaxia. That Dengvaxia is still to complete the final Phase 4 of the research and study. More than 800,000 school-age children were meanwhile vaccinated in 2016. In November 2017, Sanofi revealed to the Philippines that the vaccine may increase the risk of a more severe disease in people who have never been sick of dengue. This news prompted an uproar in the Philippines. Autopsy was conducted on 14 children exhumed, who had died after being inoculated with Dengvaxia. 

“We sympathize with all the families who have suffered the loss of a child. Sanofi Pasteur’s mission is to reduce or eliminate suffering for millions around the world through vaccination, including in the Philippines.”--Sanofi. At the point of sale in 2015, why did Sanofi withhold from the Philippines the fact that in 2015, Sanofi had not completed, terminated their study of Dengvaxia? 

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Dahliaspiller@yahoo.com
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