Ministry of Health plans major Polio immunization campaign.

Stakeholders during a media breakfast meeting.

The DMS dressing stakeholders during a media breakfast meeting.









Nairobi, KENYA July 9, 2018 – The Ministry of Health has put in place an Outbreak Response plan to stop poliovirus transmission, since the detection of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 in April this year.

The grand plan which includes Immunization Response, Surveillance response and strengthening, Advocacy Communication and Social Mobilization (ACSM) components targets to vaccinate 2, 416, 752 children under age of 5 years with mOPV2 in Nairobi and additional 11 high risk counties between  23rd and 25th July 2018 and synchronized with Somalia immunization rounds, the Director of Medical Services, Dr. Jackson Kioko said on Monday during a stakeholders meeting in Nairobi.

The DMS said the targeted counties for the vaccination include Wajir, Mandera, Garissa, Tana River, Lamu and vaccination of all newly arriving children 0-5 years in the Dadaab and Kakuma Refugee camps.

Other measures in place include establishment of additional environmental surveillance sites in high risk populations in Nairobi and Garissa, fast tracking implementation of Gavi Health system strengthening support to Routine Immunization in 17 high risk counties, Nairobi and North-eastern counties that share a border with Somalia.

On the 6th of April 2018, Ministry of Health was informed of a poliovirus 2 (PV2) isolation by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Polio laboratory experts. The PV2 was isolated from an environmental sample collected on 21st March 2018 from the Nairobi sewerage system.

Following the confirmation of the virus, the MOH notified WHO in accordance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for responding to a poliovirus event or outbreak.  The Emergency operations center, EOC, national Steering and technical coordinating committees were activated among other measures.