DOH-ARMM monitors 13 kids who received Dengvaxia vaccines

COTABATO CITY – Health officials in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are monitoring at least 13 children who received the controversial Dengvaxia vaccines.

But Dr. Kadil Sinolinding Jr., the regional secretary of the Department of Health (DOH-ARMM), clarified that the children were vaccinated in private clinics in Manila, Zamboanga City and Cagayan de Oro City, which are areas beyond the dominion of the autonomous region.

The ARMM comprises the cities of Marawi and Lamitan; and the provinces of Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, Lanao del Sur and Basilan.

Sinolinding said parents of the children have sought assistance from his office at Shariff Kabunsuan Complex, the provisional seat of the ARMM government here, asking what would be best for their children after the Dengvaxia controversy.

“The parents voluntarily came over to our office and sought for advice,” Sinolinding said of the parents who were alarmed by the news in the capital about the vaccine.

Two of the 13 children are currently confined at a hospital in the city and are closely being monitored, he said.

Sinolinding stressed that the region had not receive supplies of Dengvaxia vaccines because dengue cases in the region the past five years has declined. (PNA)