NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Health Ministry on Tuesday
launched a polio vaccination campaign in the capital
city of Nairobi, following a detection of a virus
Eastleigh estate in eastern Nairobi late last month.
Kioko, the Director of Medical Services, told
journalists in Nairobi that the vaccination will be
conducted within Nairobi city estates.
targeting to vaccinate 800,000 children in the next five
days,” Kioko said, adding that another vaccination
exercise that targets 2.4 million children will be
conducted during June-July period as part of plan to
make Kenya polio free.
that the vaccinations will target 12 high risk counties
that are mostly in Northern Eastern and Central Kenya.
further noted that the government is now resorting to
weekly environmental sampling screening as opposed to
doing it twice a month until further notice.
He said the
country is currently developing a polio response plan
that includes environmental surveillance and social
mobilization in all parts of the country.
also said plans are underway to screen all children
below age 15 at Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps in
intensified cross border surveillance along
Kenya-Somalia border to help reduce infections from the
neighboring country,” he added.
Eggers, the World Health Organization (WHO) Kenya
Country Representative, challenged Kenya to move with
speed to contain the virus from spreading to other
500,000 U.S. dollars to help Kenya contain the outbreak
through routine immunization exercise especially along
the Kenya-Somalia border.
the Ministry of Health, an estimated 1.7 million
children born between 2013 and 2017 did not receive all
the scheduled vaccines.