Senator Nancy Binay on Sunday referred to as on the Department of Health (DOH) to quell the Japanese encephalitis (JE) crisis which has claimed the lives of 9 individuals within the nation amid experiences of vaccine scarcity and overpricing.
“While this number might not be alarming to the DOH, it has caused many parents to worry over their children’s susceptibility to the disease. I urge the DOH to look into quelling the public’s fears through a comprehensive information campaign,” she stated.
“Dapat maagapan ito ng DOH bago pa man magkagulo lalo ang ating mga kababayan. Sa Laguna na lamang kung saan mayroon nang namatay dahil sa sakit na ito ay may report na nagkakaubusan na ang stocks ng bakuna, dahilan para magpanic ang ilan sa ating mga kababayan,” Binay added.
JE, a viral illness unfold by the Culex mosquito from pigs and waterbirds, targets the nervous system, inflicting excessive fever, headache, stiff neck, disorientation, paralysis, seizures, coma and even death.
It has no identified remedy and most survivors, in accordance to the World Health Organization (WHO), expertise bodily, studying and behavioral disabilities, cognitive and language issues.
Reports stated that the shares of JE vaccine are working low due to the sudden rise in demand from the general public and prompted many to search for various sources, prompting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to challenge a warning towards shopping for JE vaccines that are of questionable high quality and will even pose well being dangers.
“If it is not recommended for the vaccines to be administered during this time, the DOH must intensify its efforts to spread this information to the public because, while there are efforts to do this, many are still looking for other ways to procure the vaccines despite warnings against doing so,” Binay stated.
The senator made the decision as public clamor for vaccines towards mounted, prompting the DOH to challenge warnings towards buying vaccines from unknown sources in addition to administering it through the wet season when it’s stated to be much less efficient.
“Health is a sensitive issue and must be treated with care. The DOH must remember this in its efforts to address the issues surrounding Japanese encephalitis,” Binay stated.