The immunisation drive is part of a series of activities intended to fight polio and has so far enhanced surveillance to actively search for and detect any potential cases.
The special immunisation targets 300,000 children below the age of 5.
The launch signals the first of 4 rounds of the polio vaccination that will be rolled out in 5 provinces of the country starting in Lae, where the first case in 18 years was diagnosed and high potential hot spot provinces of Madang and Eastern Highlands due to their proximity to Morobe Province.
Starting July 16th and for the next two weeks, a wide vaccination will be conducted to protect children against polio.
World Health Organization Representative to PNG, Dr Duo Lapeng, while officiating at the launching in Morobe, reminded everyone that there is no cure for polio and that vaccination is the only weapon against polio.
The Oral Polio Vaccine is safe and effective and will protect children for life when given multiple times.
With support from partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Government of PNG and others, international polio experts, vaccines, materials and supplies have been provided to eradicate polio.
More vaccination campaigns will be done in August, September and October and based on an ongoing risk assessment, additional rounds will be considered depending on the needs.
The vaccination campaign will also extend to NCD, Jiwaka, Western Highlands and Simbu provinces.