Malacañang: PH health situation ‘under control’ despite disease outbreaks

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 26 2019 03:16 PM | Updated as of Sep 26 2019 05:23 PM

Medical staff care for patients diagnosed with dengue at General Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital’s chapel in Trece Martires, Cavite on July 26, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — Malacañang is confident that the Department of Health is in control of the Philippine public health situation despite a series of disease outbreaks in the country.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo assured the public Thursday that the government has vaccination programs following a spike in diseases that can be prevented with immunization such as polio, dengue, and measles.

“The situation is under control. Mayroon tayong mga programa sa vaccination all over, kahit sa mga barangay mayroon,” he told reporters at Malacañang.

(We have vaccination programs even in the villages.)

In 2019 alone, the Philippines has seen outbreaks of measles, dengue, and most recently polio. The country is also plagued with a spike of diphtheria cases.

The health department has attributed the outbreaks to a drop in immunization coverage in the country, partly due to mistrust stoked by a dengue vaccine scandal.

Despite the series of outbreaks, Panelo said he believes Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is working to address health concerns of the country.

“Ako, naniniwala akong ginagawa niya ang lahat ng kaniyang makakaya upang mapangalagaan niya ang kalusugan ng sambayanang Pilipino,” he said.

(I believe that he is doing everything in his power to care for the health of the Filipino people.)