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Papua New Guinea

Over 179,000 NCD children vaccinated

AS of last Friday, the National Capital District has vaccinated 179,268 children under 15 years of age in the first round of the polio vaccination campaign.

Coordinator of the polio emergency operations centre for NCD Dr Morimai Ipai said this at a media briefing at the NCD Health Services office.

“Within the period of two weeks from September 24 to Oct 8, we have reached 103 per cent coverage based on the target population of 173,726,’’ Dr Ipai said.

“We have vaccinated more than what we targeted as Port Moresby has significant numbers of mobile populations, meaning parents from other provinces brought their children for vaccination in our health posts and bus stops.”

He said for this round of the campaign, 496 polio workers have been mobilised and assigned in many fixed sites such as health centres and vaccination posts while others were deployed as outreach house-to-house teams to settlements, schools and communities,” Dr Ipai said.

“Even though we have officially ended the first round of the campaign, our polio workers continue to vaccinate remaining unvaccinated children in few schools.

“Teams are going back to settlements, villages and schools to ensure that every child is vaccinated where we are expected to see an increased number of children vaccinated in the nation’s capital.”

He said the job was continuing in places where more children were not vaccinated.

He said NCD was scheduled to have the second round of the polio vaccination from Oct 22 to Nov 4.

“Single dose of the polio vaccine is not enough so parents need to bring your children again for the booster doses next round and in most children multiple doses are required for complete immunity.

“We need to keep bringing our children every time the polio vaccine is offered to ensure full protection,” he said.

Dr Ipai acknowledged the hard work and commitment of the polio workers, the team from NCD Health, partners and the public, especially the parents and caregivers of children who cooperated.

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