Manila – The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the third case of polio in the country on Monday.
In a statement, DOH Secretary Francesco Ducci III said the third polio victim was a four-year-old woman from Datu Piang in Maguindao who had not received a single dose of oral polio vaccine (OPV).
The case of acute flaccid paralysis was initially reported after consultation at the Kotabato Regional Medical Center on September 26, Duke said, adding that the baby had fever, diarrhea, vomiting and muscle pain.
On Thursday (October 24th), Japan tested positive for vaccine-derived polio virus 2 (VDPV2) in a stool sample sent to the National Institute for Infectious Diseases – Japan.
The DOH added that "the polio virus was genetically linked to VDPV2 from a polio case located in Morayong, Lana del Sur."
Another suspected polio case was reported by the DOH and said samples were sent for testing and they are awaiting results.
In response to a certified infectious disease case, the DOH said they would run a vaccination campaign November 4-8 in Datu Piang, Maguindao.
Through the program, the DOH aims to vaccinate 4,254 children ages 0 to 59 months.
In addition, Duke assured that the storage of DOH's OPV is sufficient, with preparations underway.
In addition to the vaccination campaign, the DOH, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations Children's Fund will meet with local officials from Monday to Tuesday to discuss their response to the outbreak.
Duke also ordered parents and guardians to be proactive in protecting their children's health through immunizations.
"I urge all parents and guardians to make sure all your children are protected against all vaccine-preventable diseases," said Duke. (PNA)Source By: https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1084395