QCPD holds dialogue over Dengvaxia vaccine controversy

  • Written by Melnie Ragasa-Jimena
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DUE to the controversy over the Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine which may cause severe dengue in
inoculated people who have not been previously afflicted by the disease, the Quezon City Police
District (QCPD) Health Service under Chief Insp. Josephine L. Nandu, in coordination with Philippine
Children Medical Center (PCMC), held a dialogue with QCPD personnel and dependents who received the
vaccine last September.

Records show that 839 QCPD personnel, together with 498 dependents and other civilians, were
injected with the vaccine on a voluntary basis last September. The QCPD has a complement of 4,742
uniformed personnel and 292 civilians.
The dialogue focused on monitoring and surveillance of the vaccine recipients for immediate
medical intervention upon onset of the disease in those at risk, was held Sunday morning, Dec. 10,
starting at 9 a.m., at the QCPD covered court where the inoculations took place in Sept. 2017.
The event was presided over by Dr. Julius A. Lecciones, executive director of the Philippine
Children’s Medical Center (PCMC). It was PCMC which provided the vaccines which were given free and
injected to recipients by PCMC medical personnel, in coordination with the QCPD Health Service.
Dr. Lecciones allayed the fears of the recipients and committed the PCMC’s expertise and
facilities for free to anyone of the recipients at risk upon manifestation of dengue symptoms.
Recipients at risk will be monitored for the next five years after profiling all those
vaccinated and recording their past immunizations. Immediate medical intervention upon onset of
symptoms will be undertaken at the PCMC.
QCPD director Chief Supt. Guillermo T. Eleazar said the health and welfare of personnel, and
also their dependents, is of prime importance and concern to the command group because it impinges on
overall police performance; hence, the immediate response to the situation which may cause much worry,
if not panic.
“Mainam ding maaga nating ma-prevent ang mga anumang sakit, kaya, pa-ngalagaan natin ang
kalinisan, hindi lamang sa katawan kundi sa ating kapaligiran, mapa sa ating tahanan man o sa ating
mga opisina at istasyon,” he added.