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DOH warning: Philippines at high risk for polio

Aug 17, 2019 - 6:51 PM

The Department of Health sees a high risk for transmission of poliovirus because of low vaccination coverage, poor early surveillance of polio symptoms, and substandard sanitation practices

HIGH RISK FOR POLIO. The Department of Health says the Philippines is at high risk for poliovirus transmission and advices parents to get children under 5 vaccinated to prevent the disease.

After 18 years, polio back in Papua New Guinea – WHO

Jun 26, 2018 - 3:48 PM

PNG has not had a case of the disease since 1996, and was certified as polio-free in 2000 along with the rest of the World Health Organization's Western Pacific region

World Health Organization certifies Gabon as polio-free

Dec 16, 2017 - 8:07 PM

The World Health Organization, nonetheless recommends taking the necessary steps to continue monitoring for possible signs of the disease

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Mar 26, 2017 - 1:37 PM

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Mar 24, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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Gunmen kill 7 police guarding polio team in Pakistan

Apr 20, 2016 - 10:40 PM

UPDATED The Jamaat ul Ahrar faction of the Pakistani Taliban claims responsibility for the attack

epa05268633 Pakistani security officials stand guard beside a Police vehicle that was targeted by unknown gunmen in Karachi, Pakistan, 20 April 2016. At least seven policemen were on security duty to Polio vaccination team were killed by unknown gunmen in Karachi. Pakistan is one of the last two countries -along with Afghanistan- where the polio is still endemic, meaning infections occur within the local population or within a particular area. Though new polio cases dropped to a nine-year low in 2015, attacks by Islamist militants against health workers and police guarding them remained a challenge for a UN-funded vaccination campaign. Only 51 children were found infected with the crippling virus in 2015 compared to 306 a year earlier in what officials said a major achievement due to the success of a military offensive. EPA/SHAHZAIB AKBER

Refugees escape war, but face new threat in Europe – germs

Apr 10, 2016 - 11:55 PM

Health experts warn refugees are at risk of illnesses such as measles tuberculosis cholera and typhoid fever

epa05252765 A refugee woman washes her clothes, at a makeshift camp where refugees and migrants find temporary shelter, at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, 10 April 2016. The use of violence against refugees is dangerous and reprehensible, Refugee Crisis Body spokesman Giorgos Kyritsis says. EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

Shift in vaccine use needed to eradicate polio – WHO experts

Oct 24, 2015 - 8:05 AM

The problem now is that we are seeing more cases of vaccine caused polio than we are of wild type says Jon Abramson chair of the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts

END POLIO NOW. A health worker administers a polio vaccine to a child, in Peshawar, Pakistan, 14 September 2015. Pakistan still accounts for the majority of polio cases globally. Photo by Arshad Arbab/EPA

WHO takes Nigeria off global list of polio-endemic countries

Sep 27, 2015 - 7:53 AM

The announcement leaves just two countries – Pakistan and Afghanistan – on the list

A health worker administers an oral polio vaccine to a child, in Herat, Afghanistan, 18 August 2015. Photo by Jalil Rezayee/EPA

Eradicating polio: Almost there but not quite

Jun 16, 2015 - 6:13 PM

Polio remains present in the poorest and most marginalized countries where health systems are weak and a large number of children go unvaccinated

Soon, vaccines in every rural clinic

Apr 23, 2015 - 9:57 AM

The health department will purchase at least 3 000 WHO prequalified vaccine refrigerators that will be distributed among rural health units

Policeman guarding polio vaccination team killed in Pakistan

Feb 04, 2015 - 9:52 PM

Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio remains endemic

Three arrested for beating polio vaccinators in Pakistan

Nov 28, 2014 - 10:39 PM

The men became irritated because the health workers knocked on their door twice in the same day when there weren t any children in the house

POLIO. A child is vaccinated against polio during a three-day nationwide campaign to eradicate polio, in Pakistan, on April 2014. File photo by Wali Khan Shinwari/EPA

Yolanda a year after: No major disease outbreaks recorded

Oct 29, 2014 - 9:22 PM

That really is quite remarkable A typhoon of this level of devastation you would expect to see disease outbreaks says WHO s Julie Hall Still she warns that communities in affected areas remain vulnerable

NO MAJOR OUTBREAKS. Spanish medical volunteer Manuel Pardo Rius (R), 33, and Pablo Carreno Tormo (L), 34, administer a measles vaccine to a young typhoon victim during the WHO-UNICEF vaccination program inside the damaged San Antonio church in the super typhoon devastated town of Basey, Samar province, Philippines, Nov 28, 2013. File photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

UNICEF: PH 'a little behind' in upholding children's rights

Oct 24, 2014 - 5:08 PM

The Philippines has not done badly in terms of upholding children s rights but there has been stagnation says UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotta Sylwander

CHILD-FRIENDLY PHILIPPINES. Filipino Muslim children inside a school classroom in Patikul, Sulu, southern Philippines, September 28, 2014. File photo by Ben Hajan/EPA

Less than half of target children get measles vaccine

Sep 18, 2014 - 7:26 PM

The health department calls the attention of about 40 provinces and cities with low performance in the month long mass immunization against measles and polio

MEASLES OUTBREAK. The health department will conduct in September a month-long campaign against the spread of measles in the country. File photo by Val Handumon/EPA

Aquino to parents: Get measles vaccines for your kids

Sep 01, 2014 - 1:27 PM

The President says a 95 vaccination coverage has to be achieved Health centers will administer vaccines the entire September to children under 5 years old

Deadly 2010 polio outbreak in Congo linked to mutant virus

Aug 19, 2014 - 8:05 AM

Researchers found that in 29 of cases studied people who had been vaccinated against polio in the past did not produce the necessary antibodies to fight off infection

Pakistan offensive exodus triggers polio spread fears

Jun 26, 2014 - 11:25 AM

Nearly half a million people have fled a military operation against Taliban strongholds in North Waziristan a hotspot for the crippling disease in Pakistan

Confusion reigns in Pakistan after polio guidelines

May 21, 2014 - 3:49 PM

The World Health Organization declared a public health emergency at the start of May after new polio cases began surfacing from countries including Pakistan

Going abroad? DOH mulls mandatory oral polio vaccine

May 15, 2014 - 4:15 PM

For now the health department is encouraging Filipinos heading to countries with reported cases of polio to take the oral vaccine in private clinics and hospitals

AMEND THE LAW. New Health Spokesperson Dr Lyndon Lee Suy says the department is in talks with lawmakers on updating the AIDS law in the country. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

WHO declares polio 'public health emergency'

May 05, 2014 - 10:12 PM

The World Health Organization says that the polio situation if left unchecked could result in failure to eradicate globally one of the world s most serious vaccine preventable diseases

POLIO. A child is vaccinated against polio during a three-day nationwide campaign to eradicate polio, in Pakistan, on April 2014. Photo by Wali Khan Shinwari/EPA

Pakistan to vaccinate 750,000 children in troubled northwest

Mar 29, 2014 - 6:28 PM

A massive vaccination drive will start Sunday to target 750 000 children

WHO certifies India, 10 Asian nations polio-free

Mar 27, 2014 - 11:50 PM

This milestone is lauded as a momentous victory over an ancient scourge

THE LAST ONE. Three year-old Rukhshar Khatoon – India's last registered polio patient – looks on outside her home in Shapara village at the Panchla block, about 40 km west of Kolkata, in this photo taken 9 January 2014. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR

3 bomb blasts targeting Pakistan polio vaccination team kill 12

Mar 01, 2014 - 5:36 PM

The blasts were the latest attack on efforts to stamp out the crippling disease in Pakistan one of only three countries where polio remains endemic

India defeats polio, global eradication efforts advance

Jan 13, 2014 - 7:24 PM

The milestone confirms one of India s biggest public health success stories achieving something once thought impossible thanks to a massive and sustained vaccination program in a country of more than 1 billion people

THE LAST ONE. Three year-old Rukhshar Khatoon – India's last registered polio patient – looks on outside her home in Shapara village at the Panchla block, about 40 km west of Kolkata, in this photo taken 9 January 2014. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR

Vaccinators refuse to join polio campaign in Pakistan

Jan 10, 2014 - 8:10 PM

Efforts to stamp out the crippling disease in Pakistan have been seriously hampered by militant attacks on health workers inoculating children

Technology helps Nigeria's fight against polio

Nov 18, 2013 - 2:47 PM

Vaccinations are monitored in real time thanks to state of the art technology helping save more lives in Nigeria

FIGHT VS POLIO. A polio vaccinator administers oral drops to a child in the Dawanau district of Kano, northern Nigera, on October 28, 2013 during a polio immunization campaign in six local government areas found to harbor polio virus. AFP/Aminu Abubakar

Syria polio: 20M Mideast children to get vaccine

Nov 09, 2013 - 10:22 AM

UPDATED The initiative was announced 10 days after the WHO reported that polio had re emerged in Syria for the first time in 14 years

FIGHTING POLIO. A Syrian doctor gives polio vaccine to a Syrian child during a government campaign to rein in the spread of the disease, at a health care center, in Damascus, Syria, 06 November 2013. EPA/Youssef Badawi

UN confirms polio outbreak in Syria

Oct 29, 2013 - 9:20 PM

Syrians have to deal with polio outbreak on top of the two year old civil war in their country

Gunmen kill 2 polio workers in northwestern Pakistan

Jun 16, 2013 - 6:24 PM

Gunmen on a motorbike shot dead two health workers during an anti polio drive in northwest Pakistan

Gunmen kill 10 in attacks on Nigeria polio clinics

Feb 09, 2013 - 10:37 AM

Gunmen kill 9 women and a man in two clinics in the northern city of Kano