DOH probes ba­bies’ death

FAM­I­LIES RE­JECT AU­TOPSY

The Freeman - - FRONT PAGE - Rowena D. Capis­trano

The Depart­ment of Health (DOH)7 has opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the death of two ba­bies in Lapu-Lapu City whose par­ents are blam­ing the pen­tava­lent vac­cine ad­min­is­tered to the chil­dren as the cause.

The vac­cine was ad­min­is­tered at the barangay health cen­ter last November 8. Three days later, the two ba­bies died.

“Tanang mga de­talye may kal­abu­tan sa panghitabo ilakip kini sa gi­pahi­gayon nga imbesti­gasyon lakip ang pag­bisita sa lu­gar,” said Dr. Sophia Man­cao, As­sis­tant Re­gional Di­rec­tor of DOH-7.

“Among tahas ang paghatag og im­mu­niza­tion pinaagi sa mga health cen­ter il­abi na sa mga ka­bataan, pero sa re­sulta sa hi­n­ung­dan sa ka­matayon sa mga bata, mao kana ang amoa pa gi­hi­moan og imbesti­gasyon,” she added.

Man­cao said a team of doc­tors and med­i­cal staff is con­duct­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. She said the re­sult of the probe will be made pub­lic.

De­spite the death cer­tifi­cates say­ing other­wise, the fam­i­lies of Ghir­vaughn Mcreign Lim­pan­gog and Aye­sha Mae Su­son said the ba­bies had high fever only af­ter they were im­mu­nized at the health clinic in Barangay Pa­jac.

Be­cause their con­di­tion wors­ened, they had to be brought to the hos­pi­tal in Lapu-Lapu City and even­tu­ally to Cebu City where they passed away three days later.

Ghir­vaughn was four months old while Aye­sha was three months old.

Yes­ter­day, Ghir­vaughn's grand­fa­ther filed a for­mal com­plaint be­fore the DOH on be­half of his fam­ily and that of the Su­sons.

“Maoy among tin­guha nga maimbesti­ga­han ang nahitabo sa akong apo ug aron wala nay susama ni­ini nga in­si­d­ente nga mahitabo sa laing bata tun­god kay sakit kaayo para namo nga maayo pa ang panglawas sa bata sa akong paglakaw apan sa akong pag-uli nagluya na hi­noon hu­man gibaku­na­han,” said Ariel Igoy.

Igoy said they don't want an au­topsy to be con­ducted on Ghir­vaughn be­cause they pity the child.

“Dili me makaako ipau­bos siya sa au­top­siya kay mal­ooy me il­abi na dili pa namo madawat il­abi na akong asawa,” he said.

He asked the DOH for a fair and hon­est in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Ghir­vaughn was sup­posed to be bap­tized this Satur­day. Aye­sha, mean­while, is sched­uled to be bap­tized in Jan­uary.

“Sunod tuig plano namo unta pabun­ya­gan siya kay mak­ag­in­hawa-gin­hawa na unta me, pero na­matay man hi­noon,” said her mother Len-len.

Ghir­vaughn will be laid to rest to­day while Aye­sha will be buried to­mor­row.

Ac­cord­ing to the death cer­tifi­cates, Ghir­vaughn died from menin­gi­tis while Aye­sha suc­cumbed to de­hy­dra­tion.

SPECIAL SIT­U­A­TION

Man­cao urged the pub­lic not to be scared about what hap­pened be­cause the same was but a special sit­u­a­tion and that DOH re­mains com­mit­ted to giv­ing ex­cel­lent health care.

“Dili sila an­gay ma­had­lok kay ang buhatan sa panglawas nanig­uro usab nga maayo ang pag-im­ple­men­tar sa mga pro­grama nga makaayo sa tawo ug sa ka­bataan,” she said.

The city health of­fice in Lapu-Lapu has de­nied that the vac­cine ad­min­is­tered on the two ba­bies has ex­pired.

Frani­lyn Igot, one of those at­tend­ing to the cen­ter in Pa­jac, said they re­trieved the vac­cine from the city health of­fice the af­ter­noon be­fore it was ad­min­is­tered to the chil­dren last Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Lapu-Lapu City health of­fi­cer, Dr. Rodolfo Ber­ame, said ear­lier the health of­fice, which su­per­vises barangay health cen­ters, will co­op­er­ate in any in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He said the pen­tava­lent vac­cine could not have caused the death of the ba­bies. He said the vac­cine will ex­pire on June 30, 2018 yet.

Al­most 90 chil­dren were im­mu­nized to­gether with Ghir­vaughn and Aye­sha.

ALDO NELBERT BANAYNAL

Par­ents of Aye­sha Mae Su­son (in­set, right) take one of their last looks at their child be­fore she is buried to­mor­row. Aye­sha was three months old. The other child who died is Ghir­vaughn Mcreign Lim­pan­gog, four months old.

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