Manila, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) launches an app that enable parents whose children have received Dengvaxia to report onset of symptoms.
Through the mobile application called Dengvaxia Vaccine Monitoring System (DMVS) on Galileo Abizo app, parents of children vaccinated with Dengvaxia may now easily report if they notice symptoms of illness.
How to report symptoms using the app?
Once the DOH and the Department of Education (DepEd) have verified that a patient was administered with Dengvaxia, he or she may report his or her symptoms using the mobile app.
To report, just type your symptoms, for example “rashes,” take a photo, then upload it using the app.
“Mahirap mag-report, halimbawa ng pamamantal sa balat, ‘di ba, so pwede ‘yan ita-type mo lang na namamantal ‘yung balat mo at kunan mo lang ng picture ‘yung balat mo,” said Galileo founder Jun Lozada.
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The DepEd respects the Data Privacy Act and assures the public that the personal information of those using the app will be protected.
The purpose of the app is to prevent the increasing number of deaths believed to have caused by dengue vaccine. About 891,000 school children from public schools in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, CALABARZON and Cebu, have received the controversial vaccine when the government implemented a massive vaccination program starting April 2016.
Over a year after the program was launched, Sanofi Pasteur, manufacturer of the vaccine, have issued an advisory that it should not be given to children who had previous episode of dengue.
More features of the app will be revealed soon. Meantime, parents and patients can already download the app on their smart phones for future need.