Nairobi, 25 June 2021 – An pressing measles and rubella (MR) vaccination marketing campaign changed into as soon as launched this day in Kajiado County by the Government of Kenya, with enhance of World Smartly being Organization, WHO, UNICEF, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, and US Centers for Illness Retain a watch on and Prevention. The selling campaign, that can also be conducted from 26 June to 5 July, aims to vaccinate 3.9 million teenagers odd 9 months to 5 years, in 22 counties across Kenya.
- The MR marketing campaign is now underway within the counties of: Baringo, Bomet, Bungoma, Elgeyo, Garissa, Homabay, Kakamega, Kilifi, Kisii, Kisumu, Mandera, Marakwet, Migori, Nairobi, Narok, Samburu, Tana River, Trans Nzoia, Turkana, Vihiga, Wajir and West Pokot. The target counties were chosen in accordance with excessive numbers of unimmunized teenagers and reported measles outbreaks.
“The Government of Kenya has repeatedly prioritized the health of the folk and that’s why we are taking this pressing action to provide protection to teenagers from measles and rubella,” Chief Administrative Secretary for Smartly being, Dr Mercy Mwangangi said. “Childhood are a blessing from God and subsequently there will not be this sort of thing as a reason on the succor of them to maintain and die from preventable diseases. The vaccines are on hand freed from charge and I fling all fogeys to be distinct that their teenagers are vaccinated in lisp to provide protection to them from these diseases.”
As portion of the selling campaign, MR vaccines will seemingly be administered to teenagers in health facilities, with cell teams furthermore providing vaccination in preschools, marketplaces, church buildings and diverse designated areas on particular days. UNICEF has procured and delivered the vaccines and is supporting the mobilization of caregivers and communities. Cellular company AirTel is providing enhance through mass text messages, to make your mind up on awareness amongst fogeys within the target counties.
“All teenagers contain the just correct to gain admission to life-saving health care. Last yr, routine health services and products at the side of immunization were disrupted by the influence of COVID-19,” said UNICEF Consultant to Kenya Maniza Zaman. “UNICEF is working onerous to be distinct that that young and inclined teenagers are vaccinated against measles and rubella. Childhood under five-years-archaic can die from measles considerations and if the virus circulation is now not stopped, their distress of publicity will enhance day to day. Everybody is conscious of that vaccination is by far the superb solution to preserve these teenagers protected.”
Since 2016, the MR vaccine has been equipped as portion of the routine childhood immunization programme in Kenya, with one dose administered at nine months and the 2nd dose at 18 months. To be distinct that ample safety in communities, it’s principal that on the least 95 per cent of teenagers receive the 2 commended doses. In 2020, simplest 85 p.c of teenagers in Kenya contain obtained the first dose and now not as a lot as 50 p.c contain had the 2nd dose.
“This mass vaccination will present a possibility for all who passed over their vaccines to gain it and a supplemental dose for folks that obtained their outdated dose to make your mind up on their immunity,” WHO Consultant to Kenya Dr Rudi Eggers said. “Vaccination against measles will provide protection to teenagers from this debilitating illness which is one of many main causes of demise amongst teenagers now not as a lot as five years archaic. Vaccination saves lives, protects against diseases and
ensures that teenagers are wholesome and thus carry out successfully in faculty and afterward in life.”
No child must maintain measles or die from measles or diverse vaccine preventable diseases while there is a just correct vaccine that’s made on hand by the Government of Kenya.”
Globally, reported measles instances fell from over 850,000 in 2000 to 132,000 in 2016, largely attributable to increased vaccine coverage in low and center-revenue nations. On the opposite hand, in most up-to-date years world instances contain surged dramatically. In 2018, there were almost about 360,000 instances recorded worldwide, while measles deaths climbed 50 p.c from 2016 to 2019, claiming over 207,500 lives in 2019, in accordance with info from WHO.