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Ejercito calls on PAO, VACC to coordinate with health experts

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By Hannah Torregoza

Senator JV Ejercito today called on the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) and the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) to coordinate with health experts first before assisting the families of suspected Dengvaxia victims.

MB FILE- Senator JV Ejercito (Tony Pionilla / MANILA BULLETIN)

Senator JV Ejercito (Tony Pionilla / MANILA BULLETIN)

Ejercito, chair of the Senate committee on health and demography, said that while he respects and commends the PAO and VACC for relentlessly pursuing the case, their actions are already causing unnecessary panic and hysteria, especially for the parents of more than 800,000 children who were administered with the drug.

“It is causing hysterics; it is already causing panic. I’m a parent who is also worried over my child, how much more if I get to watch these issue, I would be all the more feel anxious,” Ejercito said in an interview.

“I hope they coordinate with the experts who are in authority to speak about this matter. We need pathologists, we don’t need ‘PAO-tologists’ in order to be sure,” the senator said.

The lawmaker, however, clarified he is in no way asking the group to stop pursuing the case and helping out the victims’ families but only that they should seek the opinion of pathologists on the issue.

He said the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) and the Department of Health (DOH) are the ones who should speak on the matter.

“This time around, we have to look forward, we have to address the anxiety problems because it is already causing hysteria and panic each time they release death cases and they link it immediately to Dengvaxia, when in fact the UP-PGH said the deaths might be a failure of the vaccine,” he said.

“Meaning the vaccine was not effective that’s why some died, in fact, I think only one or two out of 14 were linked to Dengvaxia,” he stressed.

“So we have to let the experts, those persons in authority to speak on the matter. In this case, the ones who can conduct an autopsy and those who can really determine the cause of death are forensic pathologists,” he reiterated.

Ejercito said that while the PAO’s concern over the small-paced investigation is valid, they have to understand that laboratory tests cannot be rushed.

“(Lab) tests will take time before they can determine. But my worry is that we might be in a rush, and end up stumbling in the end. It’s better to be sure. These are medical findings and we cannot rush all of these things. We have to wait for the findings of the experts and their recommendations,” he stressed.

Ejercito also noted PAO has not even made the names of their own pathologists publicly available.

He said the group should lead the parents of suspected Dengvaxia victims to the DOH, the lead agency that is tasked to investigate on the issue.

“It’s a health concern and the DOH is the proper department to spearhead the probe or investigation on Dengvaxia,” he said.

“It’s a health concern and the DOH is the proper department to spearhead the probe or investigation on Dengvaxia,” he said.

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