Sunday , June 24, 2018

DOH-Central Visayas to probe infant deaths

THE Department of Health (DOH) in Central Visayas will look into the deaths of two infants in Lapu-Lapu City after reportedly receiving shots of pentavalent vaccine last week.

Dr. Hayce Ramos, medical coordinator for Child Care Program of DOH-Central Visayas, said on Tuesday that the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (Resu) will be investigating the report.

Ariel Igoy, grandfather of one of the babies who died after receiving the vaccine, lodged a formal complaint on Tuesday before the regional health office and requested for an investigation on the untimely death of his grandchild.

3-month-old baby dies after vaccination in Lapu-Lapu

Families of the infant victims blamed the vaccine administered to the babies at the Barangay Pajac Health Center as the cause of the death.

Three-month-old Ghir Vaughn McReign Igoy and four-month-old Ayesha Mae Suson both died three days after receiving the shots on November 8.

The death certificates of Igoy and Suson showed their causes of death were meningitis and dehydration, respectively.

Lapu-Lapu City Health Office Chief Dr. Rodolfo Berame strongly belied the claim that the deaths were caused by the pentavalent vaccine, which was also administered to almost 90 children that same day.

But parents of the babies are convinced the vaccine caused the death of the infants, as the children were reportedly healthy and vibrant before vaccination.

Pentavalent vaccine is a protection against such diseases as diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B and influenza. (PNA)