By our Reporter
The Kitui County Nutrition and Vaccines Division Deputy Head Henry Muinde has highly thanked the local parents for their positive response in availing their children for poliomyelitis immunisation.
The medic announced that they (the county health and sanitation ministry) are targeting a total of 202,600 children for this year’s four rounds of poliomyelitis immunisation in the county. He was speaking during a local stakeholders meeting held at the County Health Management Team board room on Thursday, October 18, 2018 for the preparations for the county’s poliomyelitis immunisation’s fourth round.
Kitui is one of the Kenya’s 12 counties that are being targeted for four poliomyelitis immunisation rounds for this year in the country by the government this year. Kenya has a total of 47 counties. The immunisation is for the children under five years where the exercise is being funded by the UNICEF in partnership with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
The poliomyelitis, that is caused by a virus called poliovirus, weakens the body limps. The fourth round is on October 20 to 24. And the first, the second and the third ones were conducted in the twelve counties on July 11 to 15, August 4 to 8 and September 15 to 19. In his speech, the Kitui County Disease Surveillance Coordinator, Daniel Mutinda, said that all the cases of stool samples for poliomyelitis from Somalia are taken to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Nairobi, Kenya for testing. “And if they turn positive are taken to the Atlanta International Reference Laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia, USA for confirmation,” Mutinda said. And in her speech, the Kitui County Health Promotion Officer, Beatrice Charles, said the vaccine for the poliomyelitis is very safe. “We have never heard of any incident concerning effects from it. So the people should not be afraid of the vaccine,” Mutinda said.
“The vaccine is clinically tested. It is safe and effective and multiple doses can be given out to a child,” the medic added. We are doing all these activities because we want our people to be healthy, Charles added. The poliomyelitis vaccines are very expensive and are purchased by the UNICEF and the World Health Organisation for the world’s countries governments.
The Kitui County Nutrition and Immunisation Head Jackson Matheka also addressed the event among others.
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