Deng­vaxia fi­asco

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Child rights ad­vo­cates cel­e­brated Valen­tine’s day through pub­lic in­for­ma­tion cam­paign in re­la­tion to the Deng­vaxia fi­asco. While the ad­min­is­tra­tion and the op­po­si­tion point fin­gers at each other, hun­dreds of thou­sands of chil­dren re­main in dan­ger. One of the best ways to show our love to chil­dren and their par­ents is to help them un­der­stand the is­sue, seek ac­count­abil­ity from the govern­ment and en­join them as we rise for free pub­lic health care.

As long as the pub­lic health care sys­tem is com­mer­cial­ized, pub­lic of­fi­cials and for­eign phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies like Sanofi will con­tinue to con­nive in ad­vanc­ing their own in­ter­est in­stead of pub­lic wel­fare.

The pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion must be held ac­count­able for the Deng­vaxia fi­asco. But it is ironic that the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion con­tin­ued the im­ple­men­ta­tion of this anti-dengue vac­ci­na­tion as part of the ne­olib­eral and profit-ori­ented health care sys­tem which put the lives of al­most 850,000 chil­dren at ex­treme risk” Bon­ganay added.

This is just the start of our in­for­ma­tion drive; Rise for Free Pub­lic Health Care cam­paign will also be held in schools and com­mu­ni­ties where the DOH mass vac­ci­na­tion were im­ple­mented. We are now co­or­di­nat­ing with pub­lic health ex­perts to ef­fec­tively in­form our chil­dren, par­ents and con­cerned cit­i­zens on what to do in case their child was vac­ci­nated by Deng­vaxia, where to go when their child show symp­toms of the dis­ease and how to avoid dengue. These fre­quently asked ques­tions could have been an­swered by the govern­ment im­me­di­ately if only they stop politi­ciz­ing the is­sue.

The ac­tiv­ity was part of the an­nual One Bil­lion Ris­ing, a global call to women and chil­dren sur­vivors of vi­o­lence and those who love them to gather in places and break the si­lence and re­lease their sto­ries through dance, marches, rit­u­als, songs, spo­ken words, tes­ti­monies and what­ever way feels right.--

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