REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Kenya to vaccinate 2.6 million children against polio

Nairobi, Wednesday November 27, 2019 – The Ministry of Health is targeting  to vaccinate 2,635,714 children under the age of five years against the polio virus.

The National Launch of the Polio Vaccination drive is scheduled for November 29 to run upto to December 4, 2019 in Isiolo County the Head of Department of Disease Surveillance and Response (DDSR) Dr. Daniel Lang’at, announced today during an Immunization Café on Polio themed “Reaching the unreached, The last mile” organized in partnership with UNICEF, WHO and Rotary.

Dr. Langat said that the Ministry of Health is strengthening routine immunization especially in counties with a higher risk of polio virus like Turkana, Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Lamu, Isiolo, Tana River, Kilifi, Mombasa and Nairobi.

He said  the vaccine is safe and urged parents to allow the polio vaccine workers in their homes to vaccinate their children noting that there are 7339 immunizing facilities in the country but the ministry will fix temporary and transit posts including door to door campaign to enhance the immunization outreach to the underserved populations.

Kenya was certified polio free in 2005 and ever since 1984, no indigenous case has been reported. Two of the three wild polio viruses (WPV) have since been eradicated and only WPV1 remains.

“However, so long as there are countries that continue to report polio cases, the country remains at risk of importation of the disease. Eradication of polio virus can only be achieved when all regions are free of the virus,” he said.

The global polio eradication strategies includes High Routine Immunization Coverage greater than 95% to stop transmission of polio virus, Supplemental immunization Activities in countries where routine immunization is insufficient, Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) Surveillance and l Mop-Up Campaigns.

 

 

Dr. Daniel Lang’at, Head Department of Disease Surveillance and Response (DDSR)

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