Kenya on track for a free polio generation

May 20, 2014 12:26 pm
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Speaking during the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Macharia says the government is putting in place initiatives in its efforts to realise the goal of securing a healthy nation and improving health coverage/FILE
Speaking during the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Macharia says the government is putting in place initiatives in its efforts to realise the goal of securing a healthy nation and improving health coverage/FILE
GENEVA, Switzerland, May 20 – The Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia says Kenya is on the right track to eradicate the polio virus across the country.

Having suffered importation of wild polio virus resulting in 14 cases, the ministry has conducted a door-to-door vaccination campaign during the month of February.

Speaking during the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Macharia says the government is putting in place initiatives in its efforts to realise the goal of securing a healthy nation and improving health coverage.

He appreciated the support of partners like World Health Organisation, UNICEF and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who in collaboration with the ministry conducted nine rounds of polio vaccinations across the country which targeted eight million children under the age of five.

While reporting on the progress made in the control of communicable diseases, he noted that that the rate of transmission of HIV from mother to child was on a steady decline towards the national goal of total elimination.

He added that new infections of the HIV virus have gradually reduced from 166,000 in 2000 to 91, 000 in 2013.

The delegation led by the Cabinet Secretary includes the Principal Secretary Fred Segor, Head, Directorate of Preventive and Promotive Health Services, William Maina and other focal technical staff from the Ministry.

The resolutions arrived at the World Health Assembly will guide the activities of the World Health Organisation and determine the direction of the global health agenda in the coming year.

Kenya is leading the African region in making a statement on the global yellow fever vaccine plan.

Other issues to be discussed include non communicable diseases, access to essential medicines and regulation systems strengthening.

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