Polio Incidence Can be Handled

Erlouisse By Erlouisse, 26th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Polio Incidence Can be Handled

The continuing increase in the size of population in Tajikistan, the current status of the healthcare system in the country and the increase in life expectancy place more children at risk to neuromuscular disorders (abnormalities in muscle tone and synergistic action) associated with impairment or disability such as poliomyelitis, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, and other conditions associated with birth trauma.

Health Staff in PMPC Kurgan Teppe offer physical facilities to meet patient’s varying needs and to assure their maximum restoration: physically, mentally, and socially.

Tajikistan was declared poliomyelitis – free in the year 2002. In early 2010, the country experienced the reintroduction of an outbreak of wild poliovirus type I. On December 07, 2010, the Ministry of Health reported that between April to May 2010, there were 710 children suspected to have acquired the polio virus and 470 confirmed cases.

The Ministry of Health together with UNICEF and WHO immediately responded to this outbreak by conducting rounds of national immunization. They administered extra doses of oral polio vaccine (OPV) to children between the ages of 0 to 14 in order to control transmission of the polio virus.

In relation to this, other international and local partner organizations, namely: Operation Mercy, Handicap International, and National Red Crescent Society collaborated to prepare and develop community-based rehabilitation services to the children inflicted with poliomyelitis and other physical impairments or disabilities, particularly in the south west part of Tajikistan. Each organization has a significant contribution to the success of the aforementioned project. The international and local partners initiated a series of trainings in Dushanbe and beyond about the early prevention of the acute stage of poliomyelitis. In this event participated Ministry representatives, doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers, parents, health volunteers and other social groups, who were representing the affected areas.

The area most affected by the outbreak is Khatlon region. The incidence of poliomyelitis prompted UNICEF in partner with VSO Tajikistan to provide a physiotherapist specialist and coach and base him in the PMPC in Kurgan Teppa. From August 2010, the VSO Volunteer began to exchange skills with the PMPC Health Staff and parents who have children with poliomyelitis and other physical impairments or disabilities to ensure proper and effective implementation of health care services.


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28th May 2015 (#)

Hi, Well it looks like I'm first to comment on your well informed article here. Thnx for the insight and info you provide. I enjoyed my read. This is a scary part, you wrote, "April to May 2010, there were 710 children suspected to have acquired the polio virus and 470 confirmed cases." Keep writing and keeping your readers informed. God bless you. Smiles, Bets

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