Children in 9 provinces to be reached in August; nationwide in September and October
9 AUGUST 2018, PORT MORESBY - Almost 300 000 children under the age of 5 in Morobe, Madang and Eastern Highlands Provinces were vaccinated in the first round of the polio campaign in Papua New Guinea.
Department of Health and WHO conducting joint field investigation following confirmation of case in another province
6 AUGUST 2018, PORT MORESBY - The National Department of Health of Papua New Guinea (NDOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) today announced a case of polio in a 3-year old boy from Mulitaka, Laigam District in Enga Province. The case is the third in the country, following confirmation of two cases from Lae, Morobe Province in June and July 2018.
Joint NDOH-WHO media release
PORT MORESBY, 25 JUNE 2018 - The National Department of Health of Papua New Guinea and the World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed that the strain of poliovirus first detected in a child from Morobe Province in April is now circulating in the same community.
The one confirmed case is a 6-year-old boy with lower limb weakness, first detected on 28 April 2018. A vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (VDPV1) had been isolated as the cause of the paralysis on 21 May 2018.
The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, and Members of Parliament, including Ministers, will travel to Mendi tomorrow to reinforce the good work of the members of the Emergency team, after Local Leaders involved in election petition travelled to Mendi today.
Following overnight media comments by the Southern Highlands Provincial Police Commander, the Prime Minister has expressed disappointed that the PPC has seen fit to make statements that are outside his responsibility.