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Persida Acosta insists polio outbreak ain’t her fault: Kasalanan ‘yan ng Dengvaxia!

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Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta insists she shouldn’t be blame for polio’s return to the country after 19 years.

In a tweet posted Saturday (September 21), Acosta slammed “trolls” whom she said are “using DOH alleged outbreaks” to attack her.

“DOH alleged outbreaks! Chief Acosta & PAO employees had been vaccinated with proven vaccines since childhood,” she explained.

“Only experimental DENGVAXIA(2016-2017)
mass indiscriminate inoculation without blood test and screening — is only the issue Re:146 dengvaxia cases,” Acosta added.

The Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed two cases of polio in the country.

Polio is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus. It can lead to permanent paralysis or death in severe cases.

Children under five year old are most vulnerable to the disease.

Acosta has linked the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia to the deaths of several children who received it between 2016 and 2017 despite lack of solid and scientific evidence.

PAO has filed several criminal cases against former and current government officials in connection with the mass vaccination program involving Dengvaxia.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said polio vaccination for children below five years old dropped to between 66 percent to 68 percent last year, way below the 95 percent target.

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