Pampanga guv hopes side effects of Dengvaxia ‘not true’
PAMPANGA Governor Lilia Pineda expressed over the week hopes that the reported side effects of dengue vaccine,
Dengvaxia, are not true and that the government clears the controversy as soon as possible to give relief to parents of children who were already administered the anti-dengue vaccine. Vaccine manufacturer Sanofi has admitted that dengue could be “severe” among those who had never been ill of the mosquito-borne disease but were given Dengvaxia shots. “I hope that it is not true that after one year, side effects will manifest. Sana, hindi totoo iyon kasi andyan na, eh. It was already administered. I just really hope it’s not true at mali iyung ginawa nila,” Pineda said. She added that at the very start, she was already hesitant about the vaccine being brought to Pampanga. “Kinausap ko noon si director [Leonita] Gorgolon ng Department of Health (DOH). Sinabi ko sila, ako, ayoko. I told them we already know the source of dengue and how to control it. You just have to clean the surroundings and monitor the symptoms like high fever. Dapat pag ganoon, ipasok na agad sa ospital. Pati iyung mga RHU (Rural Health Unit) doctors, noon pa sinasabihan ko na ‘pwede ba huwag niyo munang ipasok sa Pampanga iyan kasi hindi pa natin alam iyan kung pwede ba iyan o hindi.’ Pumasok sila sa mga schools at meron na silang nabakunaan,” Pineda shared.
According to a report by the Provincial Health Office, the third and final doses of Dengvaxia were administered earlier this year to 32,210 pupils under the division of Pampanga, 6,855 pupils in the division of Angeles City, and 4,691 pupils in the division of City of San Fernando. The governor said the Department of Education (DepEd) should have consulted parents first. “Dapat, ang DepEd kinunsulta muna iyung parents. Tiningnan muna sanang mabuti at ini-explain munang mabuti. Ako, umpisa pa lang, sabi ko huwag mong dalhin sa Pampanga iyan, ayoko. Kaya lang, iyung stocks nila sa DOH, ang binigyan Cebu, Metro Manila at Central Luzon. Even the Chinese ambassador we met recently and who read the news about the dengue vaccine said ‘Maam, you don’t need a vaccine for dengue. You just need to clean the surroundings. But not that vaccine.’ It can be prevented,” she said. “At ngayon nga, andyan na iyan. Sana, sana hindi magkatotoo iyan,” Pineda said. (JTD)