THE newly-appointed Department of Health – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) regional director yesterday advised parents of Dengvaxia Vaccine Individuals (DVIs) to strengthen the immune system of their children through proper nutrition and suitable food supplements.
Dr. Eduardo Janairo said that while waiting for a final conclusion of the investigation into the Dengvaxia mess, parents should boost their children’s immune system.
“We still have no final conclusion as to the status of the Dengvaxia investigation currently being conducted, which is being linked to the deaths of children who were given the controversial dengue vaccine. While waiting for results, as parents, we have to do something to boost our children’s immune system by giving them immunity-boosting phytonutrients such as vitamin C, fruits and vegetables, including adequate sleep,” Janairo advised a crowd of parents of DVIs during a Dengvaxia Forum held recently in Imus, Cavite.
“Although the dengue kits distributed included vitamin supplements such as Vitamin C and multivitamins, you still need to complement it with well-balanced meals and sufficient fluid intakes like water, soup and juices,” he added.
Calabarzon is the second region with the most number of DVIs followed by Region 3, with the National Capital Region (NCR) in the top spot.
The DoH estimated that a total of 830,000 students were vaccinated with Dengvaxia.
According to the Regional Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (RESU), a total of 2,674 schools participated in the Dengvaxia vaccination in the Calabarzon region. There were 158,520 children who received the first dose, 129,176 received the second dose, and 112,659 completed the third dose.
A total of 4,261 children received Dengvaxia vaccine during community-based vaccinations. Two children were vaccinated by a private clinic.
Janairo said that a total of P1,602,770.44 Dengvaxia assistance were given to 2,746 DVIs via the Medical Assistance for Indigent Program in public hospitals.
A total of P2,019,407.92 were given to 192 DVIs who were confined in private health facilities.
The RESU also reported a total of 5,310 dengue cases in Calabarzon from January 1 to March 31, with the province of Cavite having the most number of cases, with 1,937. There were 34 recorded deaths.
“We have five years to monitor DVIs for any adverse effects of the Dengvaxia vaccine and it is very important to keep them fit and healthy in order for them not to contract any illness. Also, we will be conducting monitoring activities to ensure that all health facilities in all provinces have Dengvaxia fast lanes to accommodate vaccine recipients,” Janairo assured.