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Papua New Guinea

80 per cent polio coverage for ENB

PARENTS and guardians in East New Britain are being urged this week to get their children vaccinated against polio.

According to provincial health adviser Benedict Mode this week was an extension of the set two weeks of polio vaccination around the country and he said a mop up exercise was conducted to ensure children that have missed out got vaccinated and protected against the disease.

ENB has reached 80 per cent of its polio vaccination within the past two weeks but Mr Mode advised that the province needs to reach between 95 and 100 per cent, which is the target set for the country.
He said the mop up exercise this week would capture any child under the age of 15 years that was immunised and they were to be taken to any health facility to get their polio vaccination.

Monitoring and evaluation officer with the division of health Claire Pidik said Rabaul district has recorded 89 per cent of its polio immunisation coverage, followed by Kokopo district with 84 per cent and Gazelle district with 83 per cent.

Pomio district, after starting late, has picked up and covered 62 per cent of its coverage for the polio immunisation exercise in the district.

She said the figures may change when they receive reports from several health facilities in Pomio district that were yet to submit their reports.

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