More than 1.28 million children under the age of five have been immunised in Papua New Guinea since the outbreak of polio 12 months ago.
Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS Elias Kapavore said the campaign to make PNG polio free was one of the many success stories that had been undertaken in the nation’s history.
Kapavore said the Department of Health declared the outbreak of polio last June to which the National Executive Council (NEC) made a decision and declared a public health emergency.
“The response was taken positively and supported by our country representative partners and Unicef and WHO came onboard to help with the programme that has led to a successful campaign,” Kapavore said.
“The programme that was undertaken over the 12 months was comprehensive and included more than 12,000 health workers across the country and we have seen many positive results from it.”
Kapavore said the way forward was for the results to be recorded, verified and made available to national health authorities in order to learn from and to be prepared for future outbreaks.
“Partners should consider coming up with an e-health platform so that we can have health data coming in on time, have data analyses on time and reports given to the government so we all know what is happening right across our country,” he said.
WHO representative Dr Luo Dapeng congratulated the Government for the successful campaign conducted.
“We have conducted eight rounds of polio vaccination over the last 12 months and more than three million children have received five or more doses.” The National/PNGhealthNewsService