Robie de Guzman
A five-year old boy from Laguna, who was earlier confirmed as the country’s second case of polio, is set to be transferred to Metro Manila, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.
DOH Region 4A director Eduardo Janairo said this is to closely monitor the child’s health as he who is also suffering from other ailments.
The DOH earlier said the latest case of polio was reported to be from an immunocompromised child who is suffering from multiple pediatric diseases.
“Mula nung 2014 nabigyan (siya) ng anti-polio noon, lumabas na yung iba’t ibang sakit. May thalassemia siya, mayroong Hirschsprung, kaya naoperahan pa raw yun eh… nagtatae dahil yung bituka niya naka block eh,” Janairo said.
The boy has been discharged from the hospital and is able to walk after experiencing the onset of paralysis last August.
Janairo said there is a need to monitor the child’s condition as he is severely malnourished.
“Tsaka may ibang sakit kaya binabantayan siya ngayon. Kaya gusto ni (DOH) Sec. (Francisco Duque III) dalhin sa Maynila para maalagaan sa ospital,” he added.
The first case of polio in the Philippines was a three-year old girl from Lanao del Sur.
The DOH also said that poliovirus has been detected in water sewage samples taken from Manila and Davao during a regular environmental surveillance.
The DOH said there is no cure for polio and it can only be prevented with multiple doses of polio vaccines that have long been proven safe and effective.
A series of synchronized oral polio immunization program for children under the age of five in areas at risk beginning October.
The department also reminded the public anew to practice good personal hygiene, wash their hands regularly, use toilets, drink safe water and to cook food thoroughly to avoid contracting disease. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Sherwin Culubong)