The mass Polio vaccination campaign was a PNG National department of health sanctioned program rolled out across the country after the detection of a first polio cases in Morobe province early in 2018. Western province commenced its campaign in October under the direction of the health department.
The NFHSDP & CMSFHP (the Program) is a key partner to the Western provincial health services and took a leading role in the campaign in all the three (3) districts and especially in the CMCA communities. The Program’s extensive experience in conducting rural outreach through clinical patrols and attachments was an advantage used to support each district to roll out the polio vaccination activities.
In North Fly, the Program directly supported the district health manager, program coordinators and other key partners to host critical planning and coordination meetings, provided transport support, and communication within and between districts, the province, NDoH and development partners WHO and UNICEF. It also provided staffing support to cover the Upper Fly remote villages, Ningerum catchment areas, Elewara River villages and other highway villages. The Tabubil Urban Clinic (TUC) staff covered mining villages, highway and other reachable villages within their catchment areas, providing transport and other related support.
The Middle and South Fly CMCA communities were all covered by the South & Middle fly district health team together with the program officers attached to respective health facilities. In Obo Health Centre, the program fully funded the round one (1) campaign and partly supported the round two (2) activities. In the Manawate, Dudi and Kiwaba regions one program officer supported the South Fly health team. In the Suki Fly Gogo region two program officers supported the South Fly team with transport, fuel and vaccinations.
The concerted effort by the Program, including the Kiunga hospital doctors, assisted the North, Middle and South Fly districts to successfully reach their 100% targets. Children in the CMCA villages, including school children aged up to 15 years, were all successfully vaccinated. Overall, the campaign was a great success.
CMSFHP is funded by the CMCA portion of the Western Province People’s Dividend Trust Fund and NFHSDP is funded by Ok Tedi Mining Limited. Both programs are managed by Ok Tedi Development Foundation and implemented by Abt Associates.