Junaisa: A little girl with polio
Since the announcement of the polio outbreak last September 2019, a 3-year-old girl from Lanao del Sur has been identified as the first confirmed polio case in the Philippines since 2001. We are putting a name, a face and a story to this 3-year-old girl, with permission from her mother Salma. This is their story.
When we visited 3-year-old Junaisa in her relative’s home in Lanao del Sur in the southern part of the Philippines, she was timid because she was having a fever. Despite her fever, Junaisa was well-behaved and quietly clung to a jar of snacks.