Rappler's latest stories on polio
In 2019, the Department of Health declared outbreaks of measles and polio in the Philippines. How did this happen?
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
The Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio campaign will have additional rounds in Metro Manila and Mindanao until April 2020
Metro Manila itself achieves more than 100% of the vaccination target, with children receiving the OPV, or 109.99% of the target
(UPDATED) Of the 26 environmental samples that tested positive for the poliovirus, 25 were obtained in Metro Manila, says the Department of Health
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.
The Department of Health partners with McDonald's Philippines for the next rounds of the nationwide polio vaccination program
The announcement brings the number of cases of poliovirus in Mindanao to 6
DOH Bicol is aiming to immunize from polio about 125,000 children below five years old
A test conducted by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases-Japan confirms the country's 4th case
(UPDATED) Several countries now require Filipino travelers to present proof that they’ve been vaccinated against the polio virus
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
'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
The Department of Health says the girl did not receive any dose of oral polio vaccine
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.
Marikina deploys 59 vaccination teams, composed of various units of the city government, to reach the 40,000 target
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
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
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.
Ano ang polio at paano maiiwasan ang pagkalat nito? Panoorin ang video explainer ng Rappler.
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
The Vice President urges the Department of Health to catch up on children's vaccinations following the re-emergence of polio
Only P2 million is allotted under the DOH's proposed 2020 budget to build sanitary toilets
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
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
(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
'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
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
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?
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
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
The World Health Organization, nonetheless recommends taking the necessary steps to continue monitoring for possible signs of the disease
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Health experts warn refugees are at risk of illnesses such as measles tuberculosis cholera and typhoid fever
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
The announcement leaves just two countries – Pakistan and Afghanistan – on the list
Polio remains present in the poorest and most marginalized countries where health systems are weak and a large number of children go unvaccinated
The health department will purchase at least 3 000 WHO prequalified vaccine refrigerators that will be distributed among rural health units
Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio remains endemic
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
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
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
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
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
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
Nearly half a million people have fled a military operation against Taliban strongholds in North Waziristan a hotspot for the crippling disease in Pakistan