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Doctors: PAO must prove they did the right process

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By Charina Clarisse Echaluce

A group of doctors today said the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) must prove that they did the right process when they examined the bodies of the deceased Dengvaxia-vaccinated children.

In a health forum, doctors from the Doctors for Public Welfare (DPW) stressed that they must show that they did the proper autopsy process.

(Czar Dancel/Manila Bulletin)

(Czar Dancel/Manila Bulletin)

“Sa kanilang bahagi naman kailangang ho nating ipakita, ng PAO. Kailangan nilang ipakita kung tama ang kanilang paggawa ng examination doon sa mga na exhume nilang katawan (The PAO must show that they performed the right process of examination on the exhumed bodies of the deceased kids),” said Dr. Francisco Tranquilino of the DPW.

“Hindi mo kasi maaring sabihin kaagad na ‘pag kinuha mo organ sa katawan ng tao dun sa cadaver kahit ba nakita mo may hemmorrhage ay sabihin mo na kaagad dahil ito sa dengvaxia…. ‘Di maaring pag nakuha mo ang organ nakita mo may dugo sabihin mo dengue yan kasi dengue namamatay sa hemorrhage. Hindi maaring gano’n,” he explained.

The DPW earlier urged the Department of Justice to order the PAO to stop doing autopsies on the bodies of Dengvaxia-vaccinated children.

“In light of these findings by the pathologists of the Philippine General Hospital, it makes no sense for any more families to be subjected to the torture of having a loved one exhumed and cut up only to find out that no useful information was derived from the cruel act. We urge the Department of Justice to order the PAO to stop performing autopsies on these children and to leave the matter of determining the cause of death to competent forensic pathologists,” the group said in a statement.

Former health chief Esperanza Cabral, who was also in the forum, said she believes more in the health experts.

“Lahat ho ay may karapatan na magsabi kung ano ang gusto nila pero kung ako ang tatanungin ninyo ang papaniwalaan ko diyan na magsabi kung ano ang public health programs for health dito sa ating bansa at kung may eksperto o may kasanayan dito sa bagay na ito, ” she noted.

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