Secretary Duque : Sec. Garin, under the Aquino administration is to blame for this Dengvaxia crisis

Secretary Duque : Sec. Garin, under the Aquino administration is to blame for this Dengvaxia crisis

And the Dengvaxia controversy continues.

Who the hell could be the responsible for this modern genocide in this part of Asia, what was touted to be the solution to the silent and menacing disease brought about by a bite of a mosquito.

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing regarding the 3.5 Billion purchase of the anti-dengue drug-Dengvaxia, every finger is pointing to the Department of Health (DOH) Secretary appointed by then President Benigno Aquino III.   *

One of the many almost 900,000 Filipino school children given the dengvaxia vaccine under the anti-dengue vaccination program of the DOH under the Aquino administration. 

Former DOH Secretary Enrique Ona points all the blame at the Department of Health Secretary in 2014 for the “nightmare” the Philippines is currently facing over the “hailed miracle vaccine for Dengue”.

“In light of this Sanofi Pasteur advisory on the use of anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, the leadership that took over the DoH after I left in December 20, 2014 are solely responsible for all the decisions that has resulted in what was becoming to be a major health nightmare in the country,” Ona said.

Ona was referring to Janette Garin who was the Secretary of the Department of Health at that time, she was the appointee of Former President Benigno Aquino III. Ona was the head of the department from 2010 up to 2014, he was an appointee of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Ona gave his much needed testimony in the Senate, where he said that at the time he was the secretary of the DOH, he did not allocate any funding for the Dengue vaccine for 2015 because it was still in the developmental stage and undergoing evaluation. He also said to back up his decision then, he made known to the senators on the committee that an article published in 2015 by the by the New England Journal of Medicine has concluded that “the efficacy profile at 25 months surveillance was complex”. *

Secretary Ona made a conclusion base on that published article that it was very clear even at that time, it was obvious that Dengvaxia was not ready for distribution.  

“Any expert in public health would have waited for more studies to further evaluate the safety and efficacy sans cost,” he told the committee.

Records show that under the presidency of Benigno Aquino III has inoculated more than 800,000 school children from Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Quezon), Metro Manila, and Central Luzon under the school based anti-dengue vaccination program of the Department of Health.

report from Manila Times

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