Former Health Sec. Enrique Ona Blames Successor Janette Garin for Dengvaxia "Nightmare"

Former Health Secretary Enrique Ona who awkwardly sit beside his successor Janette Garin during the Senate Hearing on Dengue Vaccine yesterday blamed Garin for the country's Dengvaxia "nightmare."


Sec. Ona refuted on Monday, former Sec. Garin's earlier claim that he started the talks between the government and French drug maker Sanofi Pasteur to procure the anti-dengue vaccines; Ona said she was "solely responsible" for the national hhealth risk.

The former DOH Secretary was quoted as saying "The leadership that took over the DOH after I left on December 20, 2014 is solely responsible for all the decisions that have resulted in what is becoming to be a major health nightmare in the country today," he said in a statement.

Former Secretary Garin on her part during an exclusive interview with ANC, she pinpointed former DOH Secretary Ona as the one who announced in June or July 2014 that there will be a dengue vaccine by 2015 and the Health Department was considering adding it to their public health program. She added Ona started the talks between Sanofi and the Philippine government.



Sec. Ona confirmed that he communicated with the pharmaceutical giant, but it was only because Sanofi Pasteur was requesting for briefings on the status of the clinical trial of their anti-dengue vaccine being tested in Southeast Asia.

"Unfortunately, during all these time until the end of my term, the Sanofi staff, though optimistic, never claimed that the vaccine was ready for general use and only gave vague projection to me of the time when it may be ready for launching," he said.

The former DOH Secretary added further that, "We did not allocate any budget for dengue vaccine for 2016 since I considered this vaccine as still at its 'developmental stage' and was undergoing further observation and evaluation."

He said he was already out of the government when he first heard the DOH will purchase Dengvaxia.

Source: PNA

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