MANILA, Philippines – It was in April 2016 when the school-based immunization program of the Department of Health (DOH) was launched at Parang Elementary School in Marikina.
Amidst the Dengvaxia controversy, DOH revisited the school to answer questions of parents of children who received the anti-dengue vaccine.
Although it brought about unexpected negative effects, Health Secretary Duque believes many have learned from the scandal.
“What happened was bad, I admit. Maybe in the end, less will have dengue because we are now all conscious,” Duque said.
Meanwhile, the DOH officials also put insecticide-treated nets and ovitraps in schools to serve as protection against dengue
“To reduce the chances that mosquitoes enter classrooms because we know that students stay longer in schools than in their houses,” DOH-NCRPO Dir. Ariel Valencia said.
DOH will continue to visit different schools and communities for its post dengue vaccination advocacy.
Meanwhile, top doctors from UP-PGH continue to study the medical records of 14 children vaccinated with Dengvaxia who later died.
The public attorney’s office also conducted a forensic examination to know whether the anti-dengue vaccine caused their deaths. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue
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