POLIO VACCINATION CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF IN LAMU



POLIO VACCINATION CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF IN LAMU

County Government of Lamu through it’s Department of Health Services in partnership with the State Ministry of Health have officially launched phase one of Polio campaign and vaccination targeting all children under the age of five years in Lamu.

The house to house campaign by the health workers started today Friday 22nd May 2021 and will run through to the 26th of May 2021.

The campaign targets to have over 25,104 children in Lamu vaccinated as well as sensitize Lamu residents on the deadly disease.

Polio is a deadly disease that does not only cause paralysis and disability but can also result in loss of life.

Parents and guardians across the county have been urged to accord health officials all the necessary cooperation during the exercise and avail their children for vaccination.

A national Polio risk assessment identified 13 counties as being at high risk including Lamu due to its proximity to the Somali border.

The other counties include, Mandera, Isiolo, Wajir, Garissa,Tana River, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kitui, Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu and Nairobi.

In February this year, six polio cases were confirmed from samples picked from sewage material in Garissa and Mombasa counties. The polio virus was also found in three children who entered Kenya from Somalia, increasing risk of spreading due to cross border migration.

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For more information contact:

Lamu County Government Communications Office at info@lamu.go.ke


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