The Department of Health (DOH) is extending its anti-polio drive until April 2020 to achieve wider immunization coverage. 

Children from all regions in Mindanao and National Capital Region (NCR) will still be able to get the vaccination. 

Two rounds of the “Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio” campaign will happen in NCR from January 27 to February 7, and March 9 to March 20, according to the DOH. 

Meanwhile, a limited response round will be held on January 6 to 12 in Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga City, Isabela City, and Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat. 

On February 17 to March 1 and March 23 to April 4, however, Mindanao will also have two rounds. 

Polio immunization 

According to the DOH, its goal is 95-percent coverage in each round to guarantee that no child is left unvaccinated. 

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“We need the participation of everybody to successfully end this outbreak – other government agencies, the local government units, partners, our local health workers and bakunators,” said the DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III in a statement.

Before the extension, Mindanao was supposed to have its last round of vaccination this January. 

Meanwhile, at least 9 cases of polio have been recorded since September in the Philippines. 

World Organization Health (WHO) said that polio is a “highly infectious viral disease, which mainly affects young children,” whereine severe cases can cause paralysis and death. 

Children are expected to get 3 OPV doses and one shot of inactivated polio vaccine to be fully protected from the disease.

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