More cases filed over Dengvaxia-linked deaths

October 30, 2018
Janette Garin

MORE criminal cases were filed yesterday against former health secretary Janette Garin and 38 others before the Department of Justice over deaths of schoolchildren inoculated with the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine.

Families of 10 more victims filed charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and violations of Anti-Torture Act and Consumer Act against Garin and other health officials including incumbent Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

Garin and others were accused of negligence through “arbitrarily, maliciously, and deliberately failing to inform the Dengvaxia recipients and their parents/families of the dangers and risks related to Dengvaxia and to obtain their informed consent.”

The new complaints, filed through the assistance of Public Attorney’s Office, cited the failure of the DoH under Garin to conduct proper screening of Dengvaxia recipients and to implement active and aggressive monitoring and surveillance over the recipients.

The complainants said the respondents “displayed grave recklessness, utter bad faith, lack of foresight, lack of skill, want of care, gross neglect and deliberate, arbitrary and even malicious disregard of the safety and lives of thousands of Filipino children.”