Polio campaign launched in ARoB

Health authorities in Bougainville recently launched the polio vaccination campaign to protect thousands of children below the age of 15.

Secretary of the Health Department in the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Clement Totavun, said the polio campaign will target an estimated 116,000 children in Bougainville, starting from the age of 15 down to newborn babies.

He said the campaign has started already in parts of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, particularly in South Bougainville.

β€œThe intensive campaign will run for about two weeks until the 21st of October,” Totavun stated.

β€œ180 health workers will be engaged in about 80 polio clinic sites set up across the Island.”

Totavun is urging communities to support the polio campaign to make it a success.

The Autonomous Region of Bougainville has, so far, no reported case of polio.

(Picture: Lowy Institute)

Press release