PARENTS are calling for an investigation on the death of their 3-month-old baby who died after getting pentavalent vaccine at a health center in Sitio Abuno, Barangay Pajac in Lapu-Lapu City.
The baby, Ghir Vaughn McReign Igoy, was immunized last Wednesday, November 8.
Igoy's mother, Gian Millicent, said that a certain midwife Grace Mailingin was the one who injected the pentavalent vaccine on her son.
Igoy said that her baby experienced seizures the following day, November 9, so she took her son to Doctor Ouano Hospital in Lapu-Lapu City but was advised to go to another hospital.
The baby was transferred at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center on the same day.
According to the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), pentavalent vaccine "is a combination of five vaccines in one: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenza type b (the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and otitis)."
Gian Millicent and Riel Igoy, the baby's grandfather, are asking for an investigation on the incident.
“For my Beloved Grandson... gusto lng nko mapa imbstigahan ang nag immunize sa ako apo nga 3 months old pa lang dha sa ABUNO HEALTH CENTER sa Brgy. Pajac last Wednesday (Nov. 8, 2017) (For my Beloved Grandson, I am asking to investigate the person who immunized my 3-month-old grandson at the Abuno Health Center in Barangay Pajac last Wednesday),” Riel said on his Facebook post on Sunday.
The grandfather added that another baby also suffered the same fate with his grandson.
“At the sametime ngkaabot pd mi didto sa amoa nga silingan taga Abuno pd sla, iya anak girl 4 months, dungan sla pa immunize sa Abuno Health Center last Wednesday (Nov. 8, 2017) sa ako apo, same person ang nag inject or nag immunize, same effect which siezure, healthy pd ilang bata, wlay sakit, same sla gtabang sa mga nurse ug dctor, same day & same time sla namatay (Nov. 11, 2017) around 2 p.m (At the same time, I also saw our neighbor in Abuno whose child was immunized at the Abuno Health Center last Wednesday, the same day my grandson was vaccinated. The same person immunized our babies. Thet both experieced seizure and were assisted by a nurse and a doctor, but they died on the same day),” he said.
“Ingon sa doctor ang bacteria dali kaau niska sa utok... wlay laing hinungdan ngano namtay ang mga bta kadto ra gyud pag immunize (The doctor said that the bacteria affected his brain),” he added.
Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza said in an interview on Tuesday that she will provide a city attorney to investigate on the matter.
Ghir Vaughn will be buried on Wednesday, November 15. (University of San Carlos AB Communications interns Precious Grace Gandia and Reva Alixz Hermosa/SunStar Philippines)
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