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The philippines, children at risk of polio Unicef and WHO together for vaccinarne 488mila

the ROME - Are working together, the World Health Organization and UNICEF, to support the Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines in the remote islands

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The philippines, children at risk of polio Unicef and WHO together for vaccinarne 488mila
the ROME - Are working together, the World Health Organization and UNICEF, to support the Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines in the remote islands of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (BaSulT) to reach with the polio vaccine 488mila children under 10 years old. Vaccination is the most effective way to protect children from polio and stop the spread of the virus.

The most vulnerable children of the Philippines. Andrew Morris, head of field office UNICEF Mindanao explains that "the kids in the BaSulTa and in BARMM (Moro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) are among the most vulnerable in the Philippines. Vaccination is the only way to protect them from polio.” And reassures: “The vaccines are safe and effective. We all need to work together to stop the spread of the virus".

The cases that have occurred. children in the BaSulTa are at risk due to low vaccination coverage, problems of access and safety in the municipalities of the islands and in the barangay (neighborhoods or districts of the Philippines). The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines has announced last September 19, the first case of poliovirus type 2 in Marogong, Lanao del Sur. On the 26th of November, the DOH has announced the re-emergence of poliovirus type 1 in Maluso, Basilan. On December 6, the first case of polio after 27 years, it has been confirmed in Sabah, Malaysia, and it was discovered he had ties to genetic with the case of polio identified in Basilan

the appeal to The parents. The World Health Organization and Unicef are asking the parents and caregivers of children to receive immunizations during cycles synchronized polio vaccination in the priority areas indicated by the Department of Health. To offer greater protection to children in BaSulTa, one of the priority areas, will be started the other three vaccination campaigns for wild-type poliovirus 1 addressed to all children under the age of ten years.

political support is crucial. Commeta Rabindra Abeyasinghe, WHO's representative in the Philippines: “The Department of Health and the units of local government have worked tirelessly during the holidays to be prepared for this response. The high level political support has been crucial to the success that we have witnessed in previous cycles”. And launches an appeal. “We urge all parties to ensure a high coverage during this campaign to ensure that all vulnerable children of these islands to receive the much-needed protection."

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