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WATCH: PH rising up from a year of outbreaks

Jan 18, 2020 - 6:10 PM

In 2019, the Department of Health declared outbreaks of measles and polio in the Philippines. How did this happen?

DOH confirms 4 more cases of polio in PH

Jan 16, 2020 - 3:46 PM

One of the 4 new cases was found in the National Capital Region, marking the first case of the disease in Metro Manila since an outbreak was announced in September 2019

VACCINES WORK. Residents of Barangay Batasan Hills in Quezon City, along with their children join the Department of Health's catch-up polio vaccination on October 14, 2019, to stop the spread of polio in the country. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH extends anti-polio vaccination campaign

Jan 06, 2020 - 3:45 PM

The Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio campaign will have additional rounds in Metro Manila and Mindanao until April 2020

Residents of Barangay Batasan Hills in Quezon City, along with their children joint the National simultaneous polio vaccination on October 14, 2019, to stop the spread of polio in the country. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Makati achieves highest polio vaccine coverage rate in Metro Manila

Dec 23, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Metro Manila itself achieves more than 100% of the vaccination target, with children receiving the OPV, or 109.99% of the target

CATCH-UP VACCINATION. Children have their anti-polio vaccine during a mass polio vaccination following the outbreak of the disease declared by Department of Health last month. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOH confirms more environmental samples with polio

Nov 27, 2019 - 5:25 PM

(UPDATED) Of the 26 environmental samples that tested positive for the poliovirus, 25 were obtained in Metro Manila, says the Department of Health

Health workers conduct door to door anti-polio mass vaccination at the Baseco Compound in Manila on October 14, 2019 following the outbreak of the disease declared by Department of Health last month. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOH confirms Philippines' 8th case of polio in Basilan

Nov 25, 2019 - 3:40 PM

A 9-year-old girl from Basilan is the latest known case of polio in the country. Out of the 8 cases, 7 are from Mindanao.

Children have their anti-polio vaccine during a mass polio vaccination at Luzviminda Health Center in Luzon Street, Sampaloc, Manila on October 14, 2019 following the outbreak of the disease declared by Department of Health last month. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

McDonald's to host free polio vaccination hubs in NCR, Mindanao

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:40 PM

The Department of Health partners with McDonald's Philippines for the next rounds of the nationwide polio vaccination program

DOH confirms 3 more cases of polio in Mindanao

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:38 PM

The announcement brings the number of cases of poliovirus in Mindanao to 6

DOH Bicol warns region is high risk for polio outbreak

Nov 08, 2019 - 3:43 PM

DOH Bicol is aiming to immunize from polio about 125,000 children below five years old

VACCINE. File photo of a child receiving the anti-polio vaccine in Baseco Compound in Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOH confirms 4th case of polio in the Philippines

Nov 05, 2019 - 9:31 PM

A test conducted by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases-Japan confirms the country's 4th case

VACCINATION. Children get their anti-polio vaccine during a mass polio vaccination at Luzviminda Health Center in Luzon Street, Sampaloc, Manila, on October 14, 2019. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Traveling? You may need to get a polio vaccine certificate – here’s how

Nov 05, 2019 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) Several countries now require Filipino travelers to present proof that they’ve been vaccinated against the polio virus

Over 50,000 kids in Makati get polio vaccine, beating DOH target

Nov 03, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Makati City has the highest vaccination coverage rate in the Department of Health's oral polio vaccination drive, followed by Taguig City then Quezon City

VACCINATION DRIVE. The Department of Health says it has reached its target of 95% of some 1.8 million children part of its oral polio vaccination drive. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOH reached polio vaccination target – Duque

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:58 PM

'It is really very important to ensure that children will be covered with the proper vaccines so that they are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

POLIO VACCINATION. Residents of Barangay Batasan Hills in Quezon City, along with their children joint the National simultaneous polio vaccination on October 14, 2019, to stop the spread of polio in the country. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH confirms 3rd case of polio since outbreak

Oct 28, 2019 - 1:48 PM

The Department of Health says the girl did not receive any dose of oral polio vaccine

POLIO VACCINATION. Health workers conduct door to door anti-polio mass vaccination at the Baseco Compound in Manila on October 14, 2019 following the outbreak of the disease declared by Department of Health last month. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[PODCAST] Bakit kailangang magpabakuna?

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Bakit nagkaroon ng panibagong polio outbreak sa Pilipinas at paano ito maaayos? Pakinggan ang talakayan nila researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan at health reporter Janelle Paris.

40,000 kids in Marikina to get polio vaccine

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Marikina deploys 59 vaccination teams, composed of various units of the city government, to reach the 40,000 target

CATCH-UP VACCINATION. Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro administers the oral polio vaccine to a child during the launch of the DOH's catch-up polio vaccination campaign in the city Monday, October 14. Photo courtesy of Marikina City Press Release

DOH begins catch-up polio vaccination in Mindanao, Metro Manila

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Vaccination against polio in Lanao del Sur, Marawi City, Davao City, Davao del Sur, and Metro Manila will run from October 14 to October 27

POLIO VACCINATION. Children have their anti-polio vaccine during a mass polio vaccination at Luzviminda Health Center in Luzon Street, Sampaloc, Manila on October 14, 2019 following the outbreak of the disease declared by Department of Health last month. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Even before Dengvaxia scare, Davao City had low immunization rate – Sara

Oct 10, 2019 - 12:28 PM

The Davao City mayor says they will conduct a massive vaccination drive on October 14 to immunize more kids against vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and polio

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PH needs to strengthen routine immunization system – WHO official

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:38 AM

WHO country representative Rabindra Abeyasinghe says that in the Philippines, nearly 3 of 5 kids under the age of 5 are not fully protected against polio.

STRENGTHEN IMMUNIZATION. World Health Organization representative to the Philippines Rabindra Abeyasinghe stresses the need to strengthen routine immunization systems amid concurrent outbreaks in the Philippines.

EXPLAINER: Ano ang polio?

Oct 01, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Ano ang polio at paano maiiwasan ang pagkalat nito? Panoorin ang video explainer ng Rappler.

Rappler Talk: WHO's Rabindra Abeyasinghe on polio and health in the Philippines

Oct 01, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Rappler sits down with World Health Organization's Rabindra Abeyasinghe to talk about the return of polio in the Philippines, how the government and its partners are responding to it, and other health issues in the country

Robredo: Children bear repercussions of making 'health a political issue'

Sep 22, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The Vice President urges the Department of Health to catch up on children's vaccinations following the re-emergence of polio

VP ROBREDO. In this file photo, Vice President Leni Robredo gives a message in an awarding ceremony at the Quezon City Reception House on February 22, 2019. Photo by OVP

With polio back, EcoWaste wants more DOH funds to build toilets

Sep 22, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Only P2 million is allotted under the DOH's proposed 2020 budget to build sanitary toilets

POLIO OUTBREAK. The Department of Health declares a polio outbreak after the first case of the disease was recorded in the country after 26 years.

Recto urges DOH to boost immunization drive, 'triage' its budget

Sep 21, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says 'at least 4 items' in the DOH’s proposed 2020 budget could be used to increase the national immunization drive turnout

DOH confirms 2nd case of polio in the Philippines

Sep 20, 2019 - 6:23 PM

A day after declaring a polio outbreak in the country, the health department says the disease is found in a 5-year-old boy from Laguna

SECOND CASE OF POLIO. The Department of Health confirmed a second case of polio in Laguna, September 20, 2019.

Residents warned vs swimming in Davao River amid polio outbreak

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:25 PM

(UPDATED) Davao City Health Officer Josephine Villafuerte says the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine confirmed the presence of the poliovirus in the Davao River after conducting sampling and testing in August

DAVAO RIVER. Health officials ask Dabawenyos to refrain from swimming in the Davao River after it tested positive of the poliovirus. File photo from Wikipedia

'Polio vaccine is very safe,' DOH reminds public amid epidemic

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:55 PM

'Please, I beg of you, for the sake of our children...make sure they have proper hygiene and they get vaccinated,' Health Secretary Francisco Duque III appeals to the public as polio cases reemerge in the Philippines after 19 years

VACCINES ARE SAFE. The Department of Health urges parents to get children vaccinated amid the recently-declared polio epidemic.

PH declares polio outbreak as disease returns after 19 years

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:53 PM

The Department of Health says a 3-year-old girl from Lanao del Sur tests positive of the poliovirus, the first case of the disease since the country was declared polio-free in October 2000

EXPLAINER: What is polio?

Sep 01, 2019 - 7:22 PM

The DOH says the Philippines is at high risk for poliovirus transmission. Why so? And how do we prevent the long dormant disease from coming back?

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.

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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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