County Rolls Out Vaccination Campaign for Pregnant Women, Children, Girls

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The Elgeyo Marakwet County’s Department of Health has rolled out a 100-day vaccination campaign that will cover all four sub-counties.

The exercise aims at vaccinating girls aged between 10 and 14 with Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to protect them against cervical cancer, children between 9 to 59 months with measles-rubella (MR), and pregnant women who have not received Tetanus-Diphtheria.

County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Livestock and Fisheries Dr. Joseph Kiyeng who represented Governor Alex Tolgos in the event said the immunization process will involve other agencies such as the Ministry of Education, early childhood development and the Ministry of Interior among other agencies so as to reach out to a bigger population.

“We have a noble duty to spread this crucial information to everyone so that they access the vaccination taking place in all our health facilities.”

Livestock and Fisheries CECM Dr. Joseph Kiyeng

Elgeyo Marakwet County Assembly Health Committee chair Shadrack Luley on his part lauded health workers in the county for their dedication especially during the Covid-19 period when most people knew little about the virus that ravaged the entire world.

“Many people previously had expressed fears in visiting health facilities because of Covid 19 and that reduced immunization among the public, the Rapid Response Initiative (RRI) by the Department of Health will be of great help to wananchi.”

Elgeyo Marakwet County Assembly Health Committee chair Shadrack Luley

Health and Sanitation Chief Officer Mary Kipchumba on her part noted that the activity will reach all those who skipped the vaccine because of the Covid-19 pandemic

She said the immunization rate has been on an upward trajectory and more ways will be explored to reach the entire County population.

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