By Analou De Vera
Amid the recent announcement of the three new confirmed cases of polio, the Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday said that they are still monitoring possible cases of the said infectious disease.
“Meron pa. Mga isa siguro…dalawa… Tuloy-tuloy kasi yung surveillance, [There are more. Probably one or two (possible cases)…Our surveillance continues],” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III during the sidelines of the Anti-Counterfeit Medicine Summit in Pasay City.
This was also affirmed by Health Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo.
“Meron pang (possible) cases [There are still possible cases] that are being monitored that will be tested,” said Domingo in a separate interview.
Domingo said that polio is now considered “a cause of concern” in Mindanao. To note, six out of the seven confirmed polio cases were recorded in the area.
“Cause of concern talaga sya kasi nakikita natin na [because we can see that] there’s (an) active transmission (of the polio virus) within the island of Mindanao,” said Domingo in a separate interview.
“May mga batang unprotected na naaffect, talagang magco-concentrate tayo sa Mindanao for the next two rounds [of the Synchronized Polio Vaccination Campaign],” he said.
[There are unprotected children who are being affected. We will really concentrate in Mindanao for the next two rounds (of the Synchronized Polio Vaccination Campaign)].
The Synchronized Polio Vaccination Campaign will be expanded to the whole of Mindanao on November 25 to December 7.
In a related development, the DOH has collaborated with McDonald’s Philippines for the succeeding rounds of the Polio Vaccination drive in Mindanao and National Capital Region (NCR).
“Selected McDonalds stores in Metro Manila and in Mindanao will set-up Patak Polio Corners for the scheduled synchronized polio vaccination in NCR and Mindanao,” said Duque.
“We are pleased to work with McDonald’s Philippines as we will have more vaccination sites for mothers and caregivers to go to. We are relentless in making this health service accessible and available to all, consistent with our goal of Universal Health Care,” he added.