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Why many Kenyans are dying from preventable diseases

Health & Science - By Josphat Thiong'o | June 28th 2016 at 12:00:00 GMT +0300

Many Kenyans are dying from preventable diseases because they ignore vaccinations.

Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) Board chairman Mark Bor lamented that most Kenyans are only vaccinated when travelling to other countries.

"This makes them vulnerable to preventable disease. They easily succumb to these conditions due to poor medical seeking behaviour," Bor said yesterday when he launched a new vaccination at the hospital.

"Kenyans, especially adults, are ignorant of vaccination services which makes them vulnerable to diseases such as yellow fever, hepatitis B and tuberculosis," said Bor.

He added: It is our prayer that no Kenyan dies from a preventable disease but they should make sure they get vaccinated. We must all do our part to deal with these diseases."

Bor said the new facility has been certified as an international vaccination center demonstrates government commitment to improving health for economic development.

"A health challenged population reduces savings and contributes to increased poverty levels because resources are channeled to disease management. By establishing this vaccination center, we are able to reduce the burden of infectious diseases," added Bor.

KNH Chief executive Officer Lily Koros said patients will not be required to pay consultation fees at the new unit and long ques would become a thing of the past.

"The center will offer a variety of vaccines, not only for children, but for adults as well. It has been set up as a deliberate effort to bring services closer to Kenyans and expand immunization services in the country. This will save many lives," said Koros.

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