PNG gets latest funding boost to major polio vaccination program

Publish: 2:16 PM, August 4, 2018 | Update: 2:16:PM, August 4, 2018

SYDNEY – Papua New Guinea authorities have injected 2 million Papua New Guinean Kina (606,930 U.S. dollars) into a national polio vaccination program, as part of latest efforts to fight the major disease following an outbreak in the Oceania country.

“Partners such as the World Health Organization and UNICEF have been very committed in this endeavor, and the government is appreciative of that and has put in this amount,” local media quoted Health Secretary Pascoe Kase as
saying on Friday.

Funding for the program continues to be challenging and the latest support “is invaluable both in terms of the provision of vaccines and in relation to logistics and technical support”, The National newspaper quoted Kase as

“This is a complex, long-term and multi-faceted program which is working very well to achieve its objectives,” he said.

“We will continue to obtain the resources we need to see this campaign through to the end.” The minister also called on parents to take their children to the nearest health facilities to keep their polio vaccinations up to date, with medical teams preparing for the latest rounds of vaccination.

Papua New Guinea health authorities have been gearing up mass vaccination against polio, which is known to cause lifetime paralysis in children, following a recent outbreak that has since been brought under control.