Sumary of PH contains two-year polio outbreak:
- THE Philippines has contained the highly contagious polio disease almost two years after it resurfaced in 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) said..
- According to Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe, WHO country representative, the end of the polio outbreak in the country comes as the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic continues to pose challenges..
- “We are formally celebrating the end of the polio outbreak that has afflicted the Philippines in the past 600 days…We salute all of you who made this possible during this challenging period by your commitment and dedication for the closure of this outbreak, “.
- The first polio case in almost two decades was reported in September 2019, when a young girl from Lanao del Sur was infected with the disease..
- Since then, the Department of Health (DoH), WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund, alongside its development partners, have intensified its vaccination program and surveillance against polio..
- Abeyasinghe said the last outbreak was detected in January 2020, with no surveillance samples of polio detected in the past year..
- “Every community is as committed as the Department of Health in executing the polio response as seen by the high social mobilization at the local level….
- The level of commitment of the implementers and the vaccine uptake within communities enabled the DoH to expand our polio response,”…