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Duterte orders public hospitals to provide free medical services to Dengvaxia victims

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President Rodrigo Duterte mandated all public hospitals to provide free medical services and treatment to children who were given the controversial dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

“Inutusan din ng Presidente na lahat ng pampublikang ospital ay dapat magbigay ng serbisyo doon sa mga kabataan na naturukan ng Dengvaxia,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a media briefing.

The government will also shoulder the bill for treating victims linked to the said vaccine, he said.

Roque added the President may ask the assistance of foreign clinical pathologists following reports of insufficient clinical pathologists in the country.

“Dahil sa kakulangan ng clinical pathologists dito sa Pilipinas, nagsalita na ang Presidente na kung kinakailangan, kukuha tayo ng mga dayuhang clinical pathologists para pag-aralan kung itong mga kabataang namamatay nga ay namatay dahil sa Dengvaxia vaccine,” he said.

Moreover, Roque assured Filipino parents that not all issued vaccines of the government are unsafe.

“Nananawagan po ang Palasyo sa mga nanay at tatay, hindi po lahat ng vaccines ay masama. In fact, ongoing pa po ang imbestigasyon sa Dengvaxia,” he said.

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