- Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Acosta has broken her silence over measles outbreak controversy
- According to Acosta, it was the Department of Health’s fault and not hers
- She also responded to Senator Risa Hontiveros’ call on her resignation
Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) head, Persida Acosta, has broken her silence regarding the on-going controversies over the measles outbreak. KAMI learned that the PAO chief has denied the allegations thrown at her.
In a recent report by ABS-CBN News, Acosta said that the vaccination rates were already decreasing even before the Dengvaxia scare happened.
“Sila ang may kasalanan n'yan," Acosta said.
She also argued if the Department of Health (DOH) has been actively promoting their vaccination programs for she has been approached by some people who want to get vaccinated.
“Kaya po may lumalapit na rin sa atin na nagpapatulong dahil hindi nabakunahan ang kanilang mga anak. Eh yun nagkasakit ng measles,” Acosta added.
Acosta has also made it clear that they do not condemn the government’s vaccination programs and that they are just against Dengvaxia.
As previously reported by KAMI, Senator Risa Hontiveros has called on for the resignation of Acosta. The senator and the DOH have pointed out that the measles outbreak in some parts of Luzon and Visayas attributed to the low vaccination coverage due to the Dengvaxia scare allegedly led by Acosta.
Acosta has responded to the statement of Hontiveros as reported by Manila Standard. She said, “Eh bakit s'ya ba ang boss ko?”
According to Acosta, there were at least 100 reported killed by the Dengvaxia vaccine which is supposedly used to prevent dengue.
In addition, there have been more than 70 deaths reported due to the measles outbreak according to the CNN Philippines.
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