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Elderly suffer in struggle to get Covid-19 vaccine

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By Boniface Gikandi | August 28th 2021

Ahadi Trust Executive Director Stanley Kamau donates a blanket to an elderly woman in Mathioya, Murang'a. [Boniface Gikandi, Standard]

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.

“In the past five days, I have been spending Sh500 to and from Kiriaini health centre looking for the vaccination, which is always exhausted by 10am,” said Wairimu.

She spoke when the Ahadi Trust Executive Director Stanley Kamau distributed foodstuff and blankets to the elderly at the Kiamuturi Secondary School in Mathioya, Murang’a, on Friday.

Kamau called on the national and county governments to use mobile clinics to reach the vulnerable. “The elderly do not have information on the vaccines, therefore the need for vaccination centres to be established at chiefs offices,” he said.

In Murang’a county, the latest figures indicate that the ICU is full. At least 19,780 have received the second jab and 41,108 have had the first. 

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