DOH confirms 3 more cases of polio in the Philippines

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Three more polio cases in the country reported, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Wednesday.

Three more polio cases in the country reported, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed Wednesday.

The patients all came from Mindanao and were admitted to the Cotabato Regional Medical Center. 

As per the DOH report, the first case is a two-year-old female from Maguindanao. The second case reported was a one-year-old patient from Cotabato City; while a four-year-old female from North Cotabato completes the 3rd case report.

Test samples were made and sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases-Japan, wherein all of the test results came out poliovirus-positive, according to DOH.

UNICEF representative administered polio vaccine to a child in Marawi last Oct. 14, 2019.
Source: BenarNews

Increasing number of polio cases

Since poliovirus made a comeback in the Philippines after almost two decades of being a polio-free country, the total number of reported polio cases has grown to seven, including the three new more cases. 

“It is unacceptable that more children are falling victim to this vaccine-preventable disease. We are more determined than ever to make sure that no child shall be missed during the next round of the Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio in Metro Manila and Mindanao,” DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a statement.

Duque added, “we should not be satisfied with our children receiving only 1 or 2 doses of the polio vaccine. Let us ensure that they receive the complete doses of the vaccine to fully protect them from Polio.” 

He explained that two out of the three cases did not receive anti-polio shots while the other one has incomplete doses against the infectious disease.

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