San Beda Lawyer & Doctor's Brilliant Suggestions on How the Government Should Handle the Dengvaxia Controversy

A veteran San Beda lawyer and doctor shared a brilliant suggestions on how the national government should handle the Dengvaxia controversy. The Dengvaxia issue already negatively affected the public perception on vaccination.


According to Atty. Edwin Dimatatac, a laywer and a doctor at the same, vaccines have been in the existence for such a long time, it has already proven its worth; safety and protection provided to recipients and the general population.

The veteran lawyer and doctor suggested that the proper authorities should handle the Dengaxia issue and if they are competent, we should trust and support them. The government should adopt an integrated, comprehensive and specific approach to address the issue.

Atty. Dimatatac's suggestions of integrated, comprehensive and specific approach in the Dengvaxia issue which should have Surveillance, Handling of Patients, and Environmental control.

Here's the Complete Suggestins of Edwin Dimatactac:

The DENGVAXIA Issue: An Emerging Public Concern Affecting Public Health

Vaccines have been in existence for so long a time, it has proven its worth; safety and protection provided to recipients and the general population.

Generally, vaccines are safe. In this modern day and age, a duly licensed vaccine has been rigorously tested across multiple phases of trials before it is approved for use, and once marketed it is regularly assessed by experts on its safety and efficacy. While any serious injury or death attributed to vaccination is one too many, the benefits of vaccination still greatly outweigh the risks, and many more illness and deaths would occur if not for vaccination. A person is far more likely to be seriously injured by a vaccine-preventable disease than by an adverse reaction to an approved and duly licensed vaccine. Good hygiene, sanitation, clean water, and nutrition alone are not enough in preventing infectious diseases; therefore vaccines proven to be safe and effective are necessary to prevent illness.

The DENGVAXIA issue has negatively affected the public perception on vaccination in particular and the public health advocacy in general. To this we say: Let the proper authorities handle it! They are competent…. we trust and support them.

The tirades among health experts with differing opinions and approach in addressing the issue do not provide assurance and only fuel ager and confusion among parents of recipients of Dengvaxia. Mainstream and social media outlets dominate as source of information for the worried and confused vaccine recipients and their loved ones. 
What We can Do to Help

We should adopt an integrated, comprehensive and specific approach to address the issue.

Surveillance – The Health authorities has been doing their job through continuous survey and monitoring of infectious diseases. We need to enhance our surveillance, monitoring and most importantly develop counseling strategies to a specific target population…the Dengvaxia recipient and their Parents or Guardians. The goal is to ensure that all Dengvaxia recipient will be accounted for, counselled and assured that they are being taken cared of, and be included in the surveillance.

Handling of Patients – the specific target population needs special attention to alleviate their fear, confusion, anger and mistrust to public health authorities due to the negative mainstream and social media commentaries. Proper handling of patients includes standard of care, education / information, counselling, monitoring and taking necessary precaution such as baseline laboratory exam with the goal of assuring that the local government is ready to serve their health needs alleviating the fear and worry of the Dengvaxia recipient. Generated data can now be used for the analysis of the extent and impact of the incident and anticipate any future untoward effects if any on the vaccine recipient.

Environmental control – Just like surveillance, there are existing programs implemented by Health authorities. A second look on the surveillance program is necessary to anticipate the possibility of “severe dengue” for the Dengvaxia recipient without previous dengue infection especially for those who are located or living in a risky environment. Strengthened environmental control to prevent dengue infection as well as other illness or co-morbid condition should be undertaken for the Dengvaxia recipient.

A Call to act collectively

When the need arises and public welfare is at stake, ALL must ACT collectively. The extent and impact of this unfortunate incident is unfolding and now is the time to declare this is a national issue. WE must take the initiative, move fast, and ACT on the matter, for public health….for PUBLIC WELFARE. Let us all act and work together for the common good, this is not just the job of Health authorities, this is our MANDATE as public servants and health advocates!

Source: Edwin Dimatatac FB Page

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