Ubial denies anti-vaccine rumors

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 08 2019 10:07 PM

MANILA - Former Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial on Friday belied rumors that she is against immunization amid the recent measles outbreak in several regions in the country.

Ubial, who served as President Rodrigo Duterte's first health chief, vehemently denied the allegation.

"I am not! I was part of the EPI program during Bengzon's and Flavier's time, I was head of the Polio Eradication Unit and we successfully eradicated polio in this country in 2000," she told ABS-CBN News.

"DOH records and WHO books and documents will attest to this! I love the Filipino children and have fought for bigger budget to procure more and more vaccines thru the years."

An outbreak of measles has been declared in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Western Visayas, and Central Visayas, which came following a dip in immunization coverage last year following the controversy on anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

The Department of Health has recorded at least 14 deaths due to measles in different regions, while the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila has reported 55 since January.