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.
The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has announced that the National Executive Council has approved the declaration of a State of Emergency for the Southern Highlands Province, and a call-out of the Defence Force in the province.
The National Executive Council has agreed to a course of action that will restore order in the Southern Highlands, ensure all Leaders with potential involvement in unlawful behavior are held to account, and prevent further unlawful activities.
270,000 people are in need of assistance across four provinces of Papua New Guinea’s highlands.
11,761 households (approximately 58,300 people) remain displaced, of which 1,672 households are staying in eleven care centres while 10,089 households remain with host communities.
8,362 children under 5 years have been vaccinated against Measles-Rubella (MR), while 1,861 infants have received Pentavalent vaccinations.
- LOGISTICS OPERATIONAL UPDATES
● The Logistics Working Group supported the Government of Papua New Guinea with technical logistics assistance, to procure, plan and dispatch five containers worth of food and WASH materials to Western Province through a commercial barge operation. The vessel sailed from Port Moresby to the Fly river in Western Province. The barge called at Sturt Island, Obo Island and finally reached Kiunga, the provincial capital. Food assistance for 7200 families (36,000 persons) and 9000 litre water tanks for 52 communities have been shipped.
This report is produced by the National Disaster Centre and the Office of the Resident Coordinator in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by the Disaster Management Team Secretariat and covers the period from 17 to 30 April 2018. The next report will be issued on or around 15 May 2018.
• 270 000 people in need of assistance across four provinces of Papua New Guinea’s highlands.
• 42,557 people (11,041 households) remain displaced in nine care centres and affected communities.
- LOGISTICS OPERATIONAL UPDATES
● In-kind donation of 80 hours of helicopter flights via MAF, for a six weeks period in Hela and other affected provinces for humanitarian relief distribution is being finalized in the next week, while MAF charters an additional airframe. Booking of flights will be coordinated by the Logistics Working Group and validated with the user group at the Wednesday Logistics meetings.
Digicel network users in Hela and Southern Highlands Province continue to receive life-saving messages and access pre-recorded automated voice messages. Over 38,000 callers have listened in on the automated voice messages in 2 weeks. An increase of 20,000 calls were made this week targeting 50,000 automated voice messages.
This report is produced by the National Disaster Centre and the Office of the Resident Coordinator in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by the Disaster Management Team Secretariat, and covers the period from 10 to 16 April 2018. The next report will be issued on or around 26 April 2018.
• 270,000 people are in need of assistance across four provinces of Papua New Guinea’s highlands.
• 11,041 households (42,577 people) remain displaced in nine care centres.
- Logistics Operational Updates
Australian Defence Force (ADF) C-130J was available until 15 April. After the departure of ADF C-130J on 16 April, out of the submitted Request for Assistance (RFA), over 70 MT of WFP and IFRC food and non-food items still require air assistance from Port Moresby to Moro and Mt. Hagen and from Mt. Hagen to Moro.