REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Polio campaign launched.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary, Dr. Rashid Aman delivering his speech during the launch of polio immunization in Kajiado county.

Kajiado Governor, Joseph Ole Lenku giving oral polio vaccine to a baby during the launch of polio immunization in Kajiado county.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Administrative Secretary, Dr. Rashid Aman giving oral polio vaccine to a baby during the launch of polio immunization in Kajiado county.

The Director of Medical Services, Dr Jackson Kioko giving oral polio vaccine to a baby during the launch of polio immunization in Kajiado county.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nairobi, KENYA, Thursday July 12, 2018 –  The Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Rashid Aman on Wednesday launched a five-day national polio immunization campaign in Kajiado County.

The five-day polio exercise, which runs from 11th to 5th July targets 2.4 million children countrywide in the most at risk counties of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu, Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, Isiolo, Meru, Lamu, Kitui and Tana River.

Dr. Rashid assured parents and guardians that the vaccine has been rigorously tested by global agencies and proven to be safe.

He appealed to parents and guardians who have children aged five years and below to present their children for the polio immunization and cooperate with health workers who will be going from door-to-door to vaccinate children against polio.

The CAS revealed that government has invested heavily to ensure the safety of children against preventable diseases, adding that vaccination is the most cost-effective method of preventing diseases.

‘’Our aim as the Ministry of Health is to use the polio vaccination campaigns to completely prevent the virus from infecting our children by helping them fight off the virus currently living in the environment, through repeated vaccination whenever it makes attempts to invade their bodies,’’ Dr. Rashid said.

He said the Ministry will continue to work with counties to ensure that the country is free from polio by end of this year when polio is expected to be eradicated globally.

He also advised the public to observe high standards of cleanliness, saying most diseases are spread through poor hygiene.

The area Governor, Joseph Ole Lenku also attended the event and said his government takes health matters seriously and has allocated Sh. 2.3 billion to the health docket in this Fiscal Year.

He said he has initiated ‘Mbuzi Moja-Afya Bora’ that will ensure many locals are enrolled for the NHIF cover with only one goat.