Over 5,000 yet to get second polio dose
Published on: Friday, November 06, 2020
By: Mardinah Jikur
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SANDAKAN: There are still some 5,471 children aged below 13 here, as of Oct 31, who have not been administered the second dose of bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV).

 The Sandakan Health Office reported some 95,119 children had been given the first dose, while only 89,648 were given the second dose.

 As for the monovalent oral polio vaccine (mOPV) administration, as of Nov 3, only 79,237 received the first dose and 67,206 received the second dose.

 To this end, Sandakan Health Officer Dr Johari Awang Besar urged parents who had yet to complete the polio vaccination under the Sabah Polio Immunisation Campaign (Kips) for their children to bring them to health clinics in the district.

 “The vaccination service is open from Monday-Friday, from 8am-4pm,” he said.

 Kips was launched on Dec 27, 2019, following a polio case involving a three-month-old baby boy in Tuaran. The campaign started here on Jan 15, after a positive polio case in Kampung Istimewa.

 Since then, all health clinics in the district had been mobilised to administer bOPV to all children aged below five on Jan 20.

 However, Kips was expanded to children below 13 following a new case involving an eleven-year-old in Ladang Tungku, on Jan 9.

The implementation of Kips also involved an additional dosage administration of mOPV2 to targeted population in the State.


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