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Go open to Dengvaxia use but only with 100% safety guarantee

August 12, 2019 - Monday 1:08 PM by Ruth Palo

Article Banner Image Senator Christopher Lawrence Go speaks to residents whose homes were damaged by monsoon waves that struck Davao City’s coastline last week.

DAVAO CITY -- Senator Christopher Lawrence Go is open to mass vaccination with the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine but only if health experts guarantee that it is 100 percent safe.

Pareho kami ng stand ni Pangulong Duterte until the expert will say that it is one hundred percent safe. Pero kung dili, naa gyu’y fear ang tao na baka may side effect,” Go said here over the weekend when he extended help to more than 1,000 residents of seven barangays affected by monsoon waves that struck the coastline on August 3.

(I have the same stand as President Duterte that it should have a 100 percent guarantee from experts. If not, the people will fear its side effects.)

Go made the statement in the wake of the declaration of a national dengue epidemic by the Department of Health (DOH) last week.

He said if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the vaccine is safe, “ako sila hangyuon ang mga experts nga apil sila magpaturok para walay doubt o kahadlok ang publiko.”

(I will ask the experts that they have themselves injected with it to erase all doubts from the public.)

Go, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health, also said he is pushing for the prioritization of and increase in the budget for dengue cases.

He also asked Malasakit Centers to provide an express lane to give priority for the billing of dengue patients. 

Go said meanwhile, the public should follow the advice of health care professionals.

Sa karon, wala man gyud tay tambal anang dengue, lisod gyud kaayo. So karon atong sundon ang payo sa atuang doctor,” Go said.

(For now there is still no cure for dengue so it’s really difficult. Let’s follow the advice of our doctors.)

He also said the people should follow the advice of the DOH on early detection. 

Pa-check-up dayon mo, fogging nato, protection sa atong lawas ug pagsunod sa 4-S,” Go said.

(Have a check-up immediately, do fogging [against mosquitoes], protect our bodies, and follow the 4-S.)

The 4S refers to the DOH strategy to prevent dengue:

  • Search and destroy mosquito-breeding sites,

  • employ Self-protection measures (i.e. wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts, and daily use of mosquito repellent),

  • Seek early consultation, and

  • Support fogging/spraying only in hotspot areas where increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent an impending outbreak.