BY GRACE AUKA SALMANG
THREE additional polio cases have now been reported giving a total case count to 18 in Papua New Guinea.
To date, there have been 18 polio cases in the country affecting seven provinces: six in Eastern Highlands, three in Morobe, three in Enga, three in Madang, one in the National Capital District, one in Jiwaka and one in East Sepik.
Based on genetic analysis, these new cases are linked to the ongoing polio outbreak in Papua New Guinea.
The health department has also rescheduled the second round of the nationwide polio vaccination.
The rescheduling is to ensure that all provinces have enough time to prepare, and for the provinces who started late in the first round of the campaign to catch up.
The second round of the nationwide polio vaccination campaign is hereby re-scheduled to the following dates:
The target population for the polio vaccination will be all children under 15 years old.
In addition to polio vaccine, all children 6 to 59 months will also be given Vitamin A supplement unless they have received it less than one month before.