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100 Days of the Polio Outbreak Response in Papua New Guinea

04 October 2018, Port Moresby - To mark the 100 days since the Government of Papua New Guinea launched the Emergency Response to the Polio Outbreak, the National Department of Health, with support from WHO, UNICEF and other partners released a report on the key accomplishments and highlights from of the response operations.

Polio vaccination in Papua New Guinea expanded to cover all children aged up to 15 years

13 SEPTEMBER 2018, PORT MORESBY – Papua New Guinea’s National Department of Health (NDOH) today announced that polio vaccination will be expanded to cover all children aged up to 15 years. The polio vaccination campaign targeting children in the National Capital District will begin on 24 September. It will be expanded to the rest of the country from 1 October 2018.

“In the next round of the polio vaccination campaign, we’re aiming to reach more than 3.3 million children aged 0 to 15 years across the country,” said Pasco Kase, Secretary of the National Department of Health. “Increasing the age of those eligible for vaccination will enable us to protect more children from polio, and help stop transmission of the virus.”

Polio case confirmed in Port Moresby

07 SEPTEMBER 2018, PORT MORESBY – One new case of polio has been confirmed in a 6-year old boy from 5-Mile Settlement. This is the first case reported from Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea.

The National Department of Health (NDOH) announced the finding after laboratory tests conducted by the Victorian Infectious Disease Reference Laboratory, a World Health Organization (WHO) Polio Regional Reference Laboratory in Australia. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that this case is linked to the ongoing polio outbreak in the country.

Three additional polio cases reported in Papua New Guinea

04 SEPTEMBER 2018, PORT MORESBY – The National Department of Health of Papua New Guinea announces today that three additional polio cases have been confirmed in Morobe, Madang and Enga provinces.

The case from Morobe is a four-year-old girl from Markham District. Her paralysis, including muscle pain and weakness in her right leg, started on 16 July 2018. The girl has no record of receiving polio vaccine and no history of travelling outside of the province.

Papua New Guinea announces two new polio cases

26 AUGUST 2018, PORT MORESBY – Two new polio cases were reported today by the National Department of Health of Papua New Guinea from Madang and Eastern Highlands Province.

The case in Madang is a four-year old boy who had an onset of paralysis on 11 July 2018. His symptoms were fever, muscle weakness on right leg and left arm. The case in Eastern Highlands, on the other hand, is a two and half year old boy who had weakness on both of his legs that started on 23 June 2018.

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Highlights from WHO Papua New Guinea

  • Breaking barriers in access to health information
    28 AUGUST 2017 - Health workers in Arawa, Bougainville, now have increased ability to access latest health information, virtually free of charge.
    This follows a five-day course on HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this month.
    Since 2016, WHO has brought together over 150 health professionals from 10 provinces of Papua New Guinea under a series of HINARI workshops, with Arawa being the latest.
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