By NewsDesk @bactiman63
In Ukraine, the polio situation is a matter of concern. In September this year, a case of paralysis was registered in a 17-month-old child in the Rivne region.
Already in October, specialists from the Center for Public Health together with the Rivne Center for Disease Control and Prevention launched an epidemiological investigation into the case: the child was not vaccinated.
“Today, all unvaccinated children under the age of five are at risk. Polio can cause lifelong paralysis and sometimes death. I urge parents not to risk the health of their children! Check the child’s vaccination status and if you have refused or missed any vaccinations, see your family doctor or pediatrician, ”said Ihor Kuzin, Deputy Minister of Health and Chief State Sanitary Doctor of Ukraine.
All international partners unanimously call on Ukrainian parents to complete the vaccination to protect their children from polio.
Murat Shahin, Head of UNICEF Ukraine, said: “Polio is a threat to all children in any country in the world. It is extremely important that your children are vaccinated according to the national calendar. There is no cure for polio, and vaccination is the only possible protection. “
Among the experts at the briefing was also Iryna Kislyak, a specialist in the Center’s epidemiological surveillance department . Ms. Iryna was part of the epidemiologists conducting investigations in the Rivne region.
“Currently, the children are temporarily isolated, do not go to school. We took samples of drinking and wastewater. Virological research is conducted in the reference laboratory of virological research of the Center for Public Health. We expect results, ”Iryna Kyslyak comments.
Ms. Iryna noted that if the level of vaccination was sufficient, this case could be avoided: “Unvaccinated children are at risk. I ask all parents who have refused to vaccinate their children: if your child has symptoms – diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal and sore throat, fever or weakness in the arms or legs – you should immediately seek the help of a family doctor or another medical worker. “
She also said that in early October, the Order of the head of work to eliminate the emergency medical and biological nature of the regional level was issued. “According to this order, the number of unvaccinated children and the amount of vaccinations are determined. To avoid congestion, six mobile teams were formed, which came and did vaccinations, carried out explanatory work with parents , ” Ms. Iryna said .
Polio is an infectious disease caused by a poliovirus. It is spread from person to person most often through feces and saliva, which contaminate hands, food and water.
Every unvaccinated person, both a child and an adult, can get polio. But children under the age of five are most susceptible to the polio virus.
The course of the disease is characterized by damage to the central nervous system, the occurrence of paralysis. The disease can lead to death.
Polio cannot be cured, but this deadly disease can be prevented by vaccination.
According to the National Vaccination Calendar, children are vaccinated against polio at 2, 4, 6, 18 months, 6 years and 14 years. Vaccinations are free of charge and as of October 1, 2021, all regions of Ukraine are provided with sufficient vaccines.