Kenya: 30,000 Children Targeted in Polio Campaign

THE government aims to immunize at least 30,100 children in Bondo district during the five-day polio vaccination which begins today.

The vaccination programme coordinator Ann Okoth said the door to door exercise will target children from the age of 5 years and below.

She appealed to parents and guardians to ensure all eligible children get the vital immunization. She was speaking yesterday during a preparation forum ahead of the exercise.

Okoth lamented that some parents had a tendency of denying their children access to such important services, and therefore warned that such cases will not be tolerated whatsoever.

She said the vaccination team was prepared to traverse the district including the islands of Mageta, Sifu, Ndeda and Oyamo to ensure that no child is left out during the exercise.

Okoth cautioned the parents to be wary of criminal elements who may take advantage of the exercise to rob residents by impersonating vaccination officials. “Our team will be provided with certified accreditation from the Ministry,” she added.

She further disclosed that for effective service delivery and to ensure they meet the target within the stipulated timeline, they will hire the service of trained community health workers whom they will issue with certified accreditation.

[Courtesy AllAfrica News]

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