Another Dengvaxia death case filed

January 24, 2019

ANOTHER case was filed before the Department of Justice yesterday against former health secretary Janette Garin and several others implicated in the alleged Dengvaxia deaths.

The new complaint for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and violations of the Anti-Torture Act and Consumer Act involves the death of Kendric Gotoc, a 39-year-old medical doctor who died in April last year after getting three doses of the anti-dengue vaccine.

Just like students who died allegedly after being inoculated with Dengvaxia, the doctor also had no dengue history when he received the vaccine. He also died of multiple-organ failure, multiple-organ hemorrhage and Neurotropic-Like Disease (NLD) and Viscerotropic-like Disease (VLD) Secondary to Dengvaxia vaccination.

“All Respondents arbitrarily, maliciously, and deliberately failed to inform the Dengvaxia recipients and their parents/families of the dangers and risks related to Dengvaxia and did not obtain their informed consent,” read the complaint filed by Gotoc’s mother Norma with the assistance of the Public Attorney’s Office.

Apart from Garin, the complaint included DoH Secretary Francisco Duque III in the charge sheet since it was on his watch when the victim received his vaccine.

Also named respondents again were executives of Dengvaxia manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur and distributor Zuellig Pharma.

This is the 31st case filed before the DoJ in connection with the Dengvaxia controversy.