UP-PGHUniversity of the Phippines-Philippine General Hospital
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Now, whom should the public believe that Dengvaxia killed the 14 children covered by the study: UP-PGH pathologists or Dr.
She also claimed a conflict of interest with some DOH and UP-PGH officials, noting that the PAO already filed a charge against them and other former officials in relation to the death of a child who received Dengvaxia.
With the findings of the UP-PGH research team, PAO has become a laughingstock.
As the national university hospital, Duque said, the UP-PGH is the most credible third-party institution to conduct this review for the DOH since it has the clinical and research expertise as well as the mandate to provide assistance on matters of important health concern.
Roque said UP-PGH, PAO, or even the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) can conduct the autopsies as long as it is done by a government physician affiliated either with the public hospital or the NBI.
A separate clinical review by the UP-PGH Dengue Investigative Task Force's bared that out of the 14 children who had been vaccinated and had died, three children contracted the dengue virus.
Roque was referring to the UP-PGH study which revealed that of the 14 cases, only three died supposedly due to dengue shock.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gave a similar answer: 'These findings by the UP-PGH are preliminary.
This time around, we have to look forward, we have to address the anxiety problems because it is already causing hysteria and panic each time they release death cases and they link it immediately to Dengvaxia, when in fact the UP-PGH said the deaths might be a failure of the vaccine," he said.
The report of the UP-PGH 10-member expert team tasked to investigate the Dengvaxia mess showed that only three of the 14 died due to dengue shock syndrome and two of them possibly from vaccine failure.
Earlier, the DOH tapped the UP-PGH to provide an independent review and assessment on the probable cause of deaths among children who were vaccinated with Dengvaxia.
It seems like Senator Ejercito, Sanofi and UP-PGH are all speaking with one voice.