A health worker injects Dengvaxia
MANILA, Philippines — Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Atty. Persida Acosta has assured teachers and health workers that they will not be included in the criminal charges that they are preparing.
Meanwhile, the PAO forensic expert has discovered severe symptoms among victims of Dengvaxia.
The Public Attorney’s Office is still drafting the criminal complaint against the persons responsible for the Dengvaxia mess.
But even this early, they already cleared the health workers and teachers who help in the inoculation of over 800,000 pupils.
PAO chief Atty. Persida Acosta said they were just deceived that it was for the good of the children.
“We will not charge you because you were only misled because it had the blessings of DOH (Department of Health) then,” said Acosta.
But Acosta assured the persons behind the anti-dengue vaccination program will be held accountable.
“I don’t want to announce yet who will be charged but the public already knew who are liable for the death of these children.
The PAO chief also encouraged health officers to declare the real cause of death in the death certificate whenever a child died of severe dengue.
The PAO forensic laboratory has completed the analysis of seven victims.
According to PAO Forensic Laboratory head, Dr. Erwin Erfe, they found a pattern in the cases of the children from the time they were inoculated with Dengvaxia until they eventually fell sick and died.
“Within the 6 month period after the vaccination, the child will fall sick and eventually died. From the onset of symptoms, until the child dies, it took 12, 24 or 48 hours. It was quick,” said Dr. Erfe.
He found the case of a 13-year old from Balanga, Bataan the most disturbing as the victim died just 12 hours after showing symptoms of dengue.
The victim has severe bleeding in the brain.
He is asking experts to study the case and make a treatment protocol.
“That’s what we are looking at: to save the children will contract the disease in the future. Treatment should be quick as we have seen this is no joke. It’s very strange,” said Erfe.
Meanwhile, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III encouraged the accusers to produce evidence of the so-called mafia operating inside his agency.
He says they can file charges if indeed they really have evidence to back it up.
Nonetheless, Duque will initiate a probe into the contracts of the previous administration.
Last Saturday, former DOH consultant Dr. Francis Cruz revealed that health officials allegedly conspired and benefited from the purchase of Dengvaxia. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue