By Betheena Kae Unite
Foreign experts have been tapped by the Department of Health to train Filipino medical experts to further boost the country’s dengue management in hospitals.
The dengue management experts will arrive into the country next week to conduct a weeklong training in some parts of the country, Health Undersecretary Enrique Domingo said Monday.
“Meron tayong mission with the support of the WHO (World Health Organization) starting next week. Maybe June 25 to July 1 or 2. We have experts in dengue management coming in,” Domingo confirmed.
“According to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, this is a long-term plan, aside from surveillance and monitoring, to make sure that our hospitals are prepared with specialists who will manage the most difficult dengue cases,” Domingo added.
The experts will be fielded to some hospitals in Metro Manila, Region 3 in Luzon, and in Mindanao. The mission is to “convert the centers to be centers with the specialty in dengue.”
Meanwhile, the dengue experts from Asian countries, who will also be tapped by the Philippines to study the evidences on the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia controversy, have been identified.
Three dengue specialists from Malaysia, Thailand and Sri Lanka are being invited, Domingo said.
“We are also looking for an expert from Vietnam,” he added.
“The experst should come from countries where Dengvaxia is being used. In Thailand and Malaysia, the product is already licensed. However in Sri Lanka, they have experts but Degvaxia is still not a licensed product.
“Pumayag na actually yung tatlo (The three experts have already confirmed). We will invite them to come in to take a look of all the evidence and findings so they can give their opinions,” Domingo said.