THE Lapu-Lapu City Government has intensified its efforts in cleaning areas that are possible breeding sites for dengue-causing mosquitoes to prevent children who received the Dengvaxia vaccine from getting the illness.
City Mayor Paz Radaza said this is what the City Government is doing after they learned that the person who received the vaccine but had not been infected with dengue may get a more severe case of the disease.
Radaza said Lapu-Lapu was among of the pilot areas in the country for the implementation of Dengvaxia, the anti-dengue vaccine.
She said there are at least 35,000 children who received the first dose of the vaccine in Lapu-Lapu. There are supposedly 60,000 children in the city that were identified as beneficiaries of the anti-dengue vaccine.
“By the time nakadungog ta sa storya (we heard of the news), I called up Dr. Rodolfo Berame, (city health officer). I think what we need to do is to monitor the children,” Radaza told reporters.
Radaza also wrote a letter to the Department of Health 7 asking for a clarifications and updates on what to do with the remaining vaccines.
The mayor advised parents that if they noticed something different about their children, they have to take them to the barangay health center or to the hospital. So far, Radaza did not receive reports of children in Lapu-Lapu who had dengue after being injected.
“We continue our clean-up to eliminate dengue mosquitoes,” she said. (FMG)
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on December 08, 2017.
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