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Press Release/03 May 2018

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DOH CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo discuses the draft guidelines for financial claims for deceased Dengvaxia vaccinees in the region during the Dengvaxia Forum held in Imus, Cavite on April 8, 2018.

 Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo on Monday issued instructions to all Provincial DOH representatives to immediately implement the approved guidelines for Dengvaxia claims in the region. 

“This financial assistance amounting to Php50,000.00 is a directive from the Office of the President. It must be given straightaway,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated.

“The one-time financial assistance of Php50,000.00, under DOH Department Order No. 2018-0147, shall be released by the Office of the President to surviving family members of deceased Dengvaxia vaccinees who have received the vaccine during the 2016 school and community-based vaccination program.” he explained.

The order specifies that ONLY surviving family members of deceased dengue vaccine recipients included in the DOH masterlist shall be processed and only next of kin as defined will received the one-time financial assistance.

According to Janairo, the claimants can file at the DOH Public Assistance Unit who shall receive and process the claims supported by the following documents such as original birth and death certificate of the deceased recipient duly authenticated by the Philippine National Statistics Office or a certified true copy (CTC) of the birth certificate from the city or municipal civil registry; original dengue immunization ID of the deceased or original certification from the Disease Prevention and Control Bureau that the deceased was a dengue vaccine recipient and original or CTC of the medical or clinical abstract with signature of the attending physician, license number and professional tax receipt (PTR) number.

He added that the regional office will implement guidelines tailor-made for the needs of the claimants to lessen the burden of preparing too many documents for claiming the financial assistance. “These surviving family members are already in the state of difficulty and suffering and it is important to alleviate them from their condition and not to further their agony.”

“Once all conditions are fulfilled, it will be deposited in the account of the claimant or a check shall be issued provided he/she doesn’t have a bank account,” Director Janairo emphasized.

According to the records of the Regional Epidemiological and Surveillance Unit, there were 505 additional suspected Dengvaxia cases reported from April 21-27, 2018. There is now a total of 11,956 cases from December 1, 2017 to April 27, 2018. A total of 31 deaths were associated with Dengvaxia vaccine.

Among the provinces with the most number of reported cases are Laguna with 3,641 (53%); Batangas 2,761 (23%); and Cavite 2,542 (21%). There were 960 admitted with 231 diagnosed with dengue fever.