THE Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) on Tuesday filed before the Department of Justice (DoJ) another complaint against former health secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin over the death of a minor allegedly due to Dengvaxia vaccination.
This brings the pending Dengvaxia cases in the DoJ to 32.
The PAO recommended the charging of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and violations of the Anti-Torture Act and Consumer Act of the Philippines against Ms. Garin and 38 others including some health officials, and officials from Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. and Zuellig Pharma Corporation.
In its report, PAO said the 12-year-old victim had no history of having a dengue infection and received three doses of the vaccine in 2017.
Two to three months after the last vaccination, the child started showing symptoms include joint pains, difficulty of breathing, abdominal pain, and fever, among other symptoms which PAO said its Forensic Team has observed in the other deaths allegedly linked to Dengvaxia.
PAO also reported that forensic gross examination showed that the victim suffered multi-organ enlargement, hemorrhages and evidence of cellular/organ dysfunction, among others. — V.M.M. Villegas