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Polio immunization drive starts 16 July in Papua New Guinea

PORT MORESBY, 12 July 2018 – A polio immunization campaign kicks off on 16 July in Morobe, Madang and Eastern Highlands provinces of Papua New Guinea. About 2900 health workers, vaccinators and volunteers have been mobilized to vaccinate almost 300,000 children under 5 years of age.

Papua New Guinea confirms poliovirus outbreak, launches response

PORT MORESBY, 25 June 2018 – The National Department of Health of Papua New Guinea and the World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed that the strain of poliovirus first detected in a child from Morobe Province in April is now circulating in the same community. The one confirmed case is a 6-year-old boy with lower limb weakness, first detected on 28 April 2018. A vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (VDPV1) had been isolated as the cause of the paralysis on 21 May 2018.

50 days on, WHO continues to serve communities affected by PNG quake

Port Moresby, 08 March 2018 — As aftershocks continue to rattle the Hela and Southern Highlands provinces of Papua New Guinea, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Department of Health (NDOH) are working together to send support to the worst-affected communities.

A devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Southern Highlands and Hela Provinces on 26 February, triggering landslides that are reported to have wiped out villages, contaminated drinking water and disrupted rivers.

High risk of outbreaks in earthquake-hit Papua New Guinea: UNICEF, WHO

UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) have cautioned about the high potential of waterborne and vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks in earthquake-affected areas of Papua New Guinea.

Major concerns include watery diarrhea due to water contamination from landslides, poor sanitation and personal hygiene management; and the vaccine-preventable diseases due to already low immunization coverage in the Highlands region. According to the National Department of Health (NDOH), about 70-80 per cent of children in the severely-affected provinces are not protected against preventable diseases – with routine measles coverage in Southern Highlands and Hela provinces in 2016 was just 18.2 per cent and 27.6 per cent, respectively.

Health Emergency Operations Center in Mendi operational: delivering quick delivery of health services to quake affected communities

A Health Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is now operational in Mendi, Southern Highlands to coordinate the health response to the Febuary 26 earthquake that struck the area.

A joint team from the National Department of Health (NDOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) delivered the initial equipment and establised the system for a more efficient delivery of health services to the affected communities.

“With good leadership, the emergency operations center will help strenghten the public health system and ensure health services are reaching all the people,” said WHO Team Leader, Dr Anup Gurung. A key function of the EOC is to establish survellance systems for early detection of disease and quick response to disease outbreaks.

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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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