Child with polio from Laguna to be brought to Metro Manila - DOH | UNTV News
MANILA, Philippines - Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday called on the public to join in the government's synchronized vaccination program on polio following confirmation of its re-emergence in the country.
Duque said one polio case was confirmed in a 3-year old girl from Lanao del Sur.
A suspected case of acute flaccid paralysis is also awaiting confirmation, he added.
Based on the results of the child's examination, she is suffering from vaccine-derived polio virus type 2.
The DOH chief also said that poliovirus has been detected in water sewage samples taken from Manila and Davao during a regular environmental surveillance.
The samples were tested by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and verified by the Japan National Institute for Infectious Diseases and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The health secretary said the Philippines has been declared polio-free in the last 19 years and its re-emergence in two different locations already suggests an epidemic.
"A single confirmed polio case of vaccine-derived polio virus type 2 (VDPV2) or two positive environmental samples that are genetically linked isolated in two different locations is considered an epidemic in a polio free country," Duque said.
Polio is a highly infectious viral disease which spreads rapidly. It can cause paralysis and, on rare occasions, can be fatal.
The DOH said there is no cure for polio and it can only be prevented with multiple doses of polio vaccines that have long been proven safe and effective.
In response, the government will launch a series of synchronized oral polio immunization program for children under the age of five in areas at risk beginning next month.
The health chief urged parents and guardians to protect their children from the disease by fully participating in the program.
"We strongly urge parents, health workers and local governments to fully participate in the synchronized polio vaccination. It is the only way to stop the polio outbreak and to protect your child against this paralyzing disease," he said.
DOH said it will also work closely with local government units and concerned agencies in implementing rapid response to the polio outbreak with the help of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
The department will also work with partners to strengthen environmental and Acute Flaccid Paralysis surveillance throughout the country to detect poliovirus.
"Aside from immunization, we remind the public to practice good personal hygiene, wash their hands regularly, use toilets, drink safe water, and cook food thoroughly," he said.
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