Hope alive as Kenya launches vaccine to fight killer malaria
SEE ALSO :Spices can energise Kenya’s exportsThe vaccine will be added to the routine vaccination schedule, and more than 300,000 children are expected be vaccinated over the next three years. The CS added that the government will still continue with other malaria prevention measures. “This vaccine does not mean we are going to stop other prevention measures such as use of mosquito nets and residual spraying among others,” she said. The launch was done to mark the first phase of immunisation that covers eight counties along Lake Victoria region. The counties are Homa Bay, Migori, Kisumu, Siaya, Busia, Kakamega, Vihiga and Bungoma.
SEE ALSO :Equity goes fifth after weekend wins“The vaccine is adequate for counties where it has been rolled out today. We are also going to roll out it in other counties through phases as soon as logistical arrangements are made,” she said. Orata said his county had made proper arrangements to enable county residents acquire the vaccine. He said the vaccine will be offered at hospitals in three sub-counties in Homa Bay namely Ndhiwa, Homa Bay and Rachuonyo East. First phase
SEE ALSO :Brave KPA cage Equity Bank HawksOther speakers urged the county government to invest in more community health workers to ensure use of the vaccine succeeds. Sh300 million will be spent on the first phase. The programme is a joint contribution of the of the government and a number of health promotion partners, including PATH and the World Health Organisation.
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