Davao City Rep. Nograles asks DOH to revise proposed budget for Dengvaxia victims

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House Appropriations Committee Chairman Davao City Representative Karlo Nograles said the proposed supplemental budget for Dengvaxia vaccines submitted by the Department of Health (DOH) was “seriously flawed.”

With this, the congressman asked the DOH to revise the proposal.

“Kung kami sa Congress ang magsasabi…I think you have to recast. You have to re-prioritize this,” he said.

The DOH wants to tap the P1.16 billion that manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur returned to the Philippine government following the Dengvaxia mess.

Under the DOH proposal, the refund from Sanofi would be spent on the following programs and activities: P270 million for the distribution of medical kits to Dengvaxia vaccinees, P300 million for the proposed active case finding (project based profiling/ navigation of vaccinees), P84 million for the medical assistance program for Dengvaxia patients, P776 million for the outpatient care package, and P67 million for the deployment of nurse – health education and promotion officers (HEPOs).

But Nograles said the inclusion of the medical kits in the DOH proposal seemed to be useless given the circumstances.

He said that the DOH should instead focus on identifying the children who received Dengvaxia vaccine so that the necessary assistance could be provided to them.

Several children who received Dengvaxia allegedly died after they were injected with the supposedly anti-dengue vaccine.

President Rodrigo Duterte has said that independent experts should conduct a study to determine if the death of some children was connected to Dengvaxia.