, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 7 – The final polio campaign in 2014 kicked off this weekend with a launch in Laini Saba, Kibera in Nairobi, where teams of vaccinators and volunteers set off to vaccinate part of the 1.8 million under-five children targeted in selected counties.
The launch was officiated by Nairobi County’s Chief Officer for Health Dr Robert Ayisi who represented Mercy Kamau, Acting CEM, Health Services. It was attended by Senator Harold Kipchumba, goodwill ambassador for polio and immunization among other dignitaries.
Nairobi is one of the counties targeted alongside the high risk counties because of its location as a hub of population movement from across the region and within the country as well as an international travel destination. The other counties include Garissa, Turkana, Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit, Tana River and Lamu.
Dr Ayisi speaking at the function called on parents not to tire of having their children immunized because that was the sure way to keep diseases at bay.
“We have to make effort to sustain community health in order to control and eliminate diseases,” he told parents and all gathered for the launch.
He assured parents that the polio immunization was safe and that the government could not harm its own children contrary to rumours and misinformation regarding immunization.
Senator Kipchumba, a polio survivor appealed to parents, community health workers and volunteers not to let another child suffer like he had, due to contracting polio.
He called on counties to sustain their own programmes to ensure all children were protected.
The campaign is the fifth round in Nairobi in 2014 but more than 10 rounds have been held countrywide since the outbreak in 2013.