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DOH confirms Philippines' 8th case of polio in Basilan

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Monday, November 25, the 8th case of polio recorded in the country this year.

A 9-year-old girl from Basilan was found to have polio. The child was reported to not have received any polio vaccine.

Out of the 8 cases of polio, 7 have emerged from Mindanao.

The DOH is coordinating with the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao's Ministry of Health to maximize immunization coverage and intensify polio vaccination efforts in Basilan.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is confident that there are enough stocks of oral polio vaccine (OPV).

Starting Monday, the DOH is conducting the next round of Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio until December 7 in Metro Manila and Mindanao. All children under 5 years old, regardless of immunization status, are eligible to receive a dose of OPV free of charge.

Health workers are set to conduct a house-to-house campaign. Health centers, government hospitals, and fixed vaccination posts in barangays, malls, terminals, and fast-food chains like McDonald's will also provide vaccination.

The DOH declared a polio outbreak in the Philippines last September after the disease emerged in the country for the first time in 19 years. (READ: EXPLAINER: What is polio?) – Rappler.com 

Michelle Abad

Michelle Abad is a researcher-writer at Rappler. Possessing the heart and soul of a feminist, she is working on specializing in women's issues in Newsbreak, Rappler's investigative arm.

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