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Kenya receives 358,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

HEALTH & SCIENCEBy JAEL MBOGA | Thu,Sep 02 2021 10:45:19 EAT
By JAEL MBOGA | Thu,Sep 02 2021 10:45:19 EAT

 

Health PS Susan Mochache at the JKIA to receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines on 9/2/2021.  

Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache this morning received a consignment of additional 358,200 doses of the Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine from the Canadian government under the Covax facility at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Acting Canadian High Commissioner to Kenya David Anthony Da Silva handed over the vaccines.

An outreach programme targetting to increase the number of people vaccinated against Covid-19 in the country started in August.

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All adults are encouraged to get the vaccine unless advised otherwise by their doctor.

Hundreds of elderly people are struggling across the country in search of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Their plight was demonstrated by Nancy Wairimu of Kiamuturi village in Mathioya, Murang’a, who recounted how she has been waking up early as 3am only to find long queues at the nearby Nyakianga and Kiria-ini health centres.

Wairimu, who is in her 70’s, asked healthcare providers to consider home visits to vaccinate the old and save them the agony, saying most of them have underlying conditions.

This comes as Central Kenya has been experiencing a spike in Covid-19 infections and deaths, with the healthcare facilities buckling under the demand for ICU and isolation wards.

Experts predict that the situation will only worsen due to a high elderly population, cold weather and the high prevalence of non-communicable diseases in the region.

According to the August 22 Covid-19 national report, Kiambu County had the fourth-highest cases in the country and the highest in Central at 42, followed by Murang’a with 18, and Nyeri with 14.

Njeri Gathoni, a Nyeri resident who has survived a Covid-19 attack, now fears leaving her house.

She wrote on social media, “I don’t want to travel. I don’t want to buy anything in the supermarkets. I don’t want to meet anybody. I just want to be safe.

“Covid-19 in Nyeri is like waru (potato) in our every meal. Homes are mourning. I once had this cold that scared me so much. I don’t want to go through that again.”

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