Australia announce $6 million to fight polio in PNG

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PORT MORESBY, 12 OCTOBER 2018 (AAP) – Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne on Thursday announced a $6 million (US$4.2 million) donation to help PNG stop its polio outbreak.

In June 2018, the PNG government declared a national public health emergency in response to confirmed cases of polio virus.

“PNG is our closest neighbour, and a strong response is needed to protect both PNG’s and Australia’s health security,” Senator Payne said.

“Routine immunisation remains the most effective prevention for highly infectious diseases including polio.” she said.

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