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Several churches in the Daulo district of Eastern Highlands province have questioned the polio vaccination program.
Concerns were raised following the fifth round of polio which started in the province two weeks ago and is continuing.
The churches questioned the number of times a child should be vaccinated in a year, while several parents also raised questions about children getting more than a round of the drop and what effect this may have on their health.
Provincial health authority (PHA) and public health director Dr Max Manape, PHA Health promoter James Gahare, representative from UNICEF and World Health Organisation and health workers visited a village in Asaro to conduct awareness and explain the reasons for the multiple doses. given.
Dr Manape said the polio vaccine is healthy and will protect a child during his or her entire life.
“The number of times a child can be vaccinated is not a serious concern as a child can be vaccinated up to eight times over a period of several years,” Dr Manape clarified.
“Polio paralyses a child permanently and has no cure and that is why we encourage parents that it is totally safe to get their child immunised each year during the rounds.”
Dr Manape said a child can receive more than three to five rounds of the polio vaccination because of the environmental issues faced in the country where polio virus can easily spread.
He advised parents that the vaccine drop is safe for a child and that a child can get more than five rounds of the drops annually.
“Children can receive up to eight rounds which the province is expected to carry out,” Dr Manape stressed.
“Polio vaccine is totally safe and boosts a child’s immune system against the polio disease and there are no side effects,”
He said some countries have conducted up to 30 rounds of the vaccination to ensure that the total population is completely resistant to the polio disease.
Dr Manape said in the fourth round of the polio vaccination in EHP, more than 260,000 children have been vaccinated, reaching more than 100 percent coverage.
He also stressed that stool specimens from children across the country have been sent to special health facilities for studies to confirm for a polio free Papua New Guinea and the Eastern Highlands Province.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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