Government launches anti Polio Campaign


KAJIADO, Kenya, April 9 – The Ministry of Health has launched the National Polio Vaccination Campaign, which will run in all the 47 Counties over the next five days, targeting nine million children below five.
The Campaign that was launched on Saturday is part of the government’s strategy to increase surveillance and ensure the disease is completely eradicated.
Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu said that the government was committed to disrupting the disease’s transmission and that vaccination teams would be moving from house to house, immunizing children.
“I would like to appeal once again to all parents, guardians, caretakers, the media and the public to support the polio vaccination campaign that is starting today,” he said.
“Kindly ensure that every child under five in your community is vaccinated.”
He further assured the public that the vaccine had been tested by the National Quality Control Laboratory and was safe for human consumption.
“The polio vaccine that will be used during the campaign is the same one that is given in all public, private and faith based health facilities in Kenya,” he explained.
The last time a polio case was reported in the country was about three years ago.
Dr. Mailu added that coverage for fully immunized children had significantly improved going from 56 percent in 2013/2014 to the current 76 percent.
“The Ministry will continue to work closely with the County Governments and all stakeholders to ensure that routine immunization is strengthened in order to ensure children have access to life saving vaccines,” he stated.
Dr. Mailu was accompanied by Kajiado Deputy Governor Hon. Paul Ntiati, World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative Dr. Custodia Mandlhate, UNICEF Country Representative Pirkko Heinonen, Members of Parliament and other County representatives.
A number of development partners have supported the country in the fight against Polio and other preventable diseases.
They include the WHO, UNICEF, Rotary International, UNHCR, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations, USAID, Kenya Red Cross, CDC and LDS Charities.
Local Non-Governmental Organisations, faith based institutions, community and religious leaders, teachers, parents and the media have also played a key role in the success of past Polio Vaccination Campaigns.