Earlier today, Mandera County’s Ministry of Health Services dispatched a team of health officers from the Mandera Referral Hospital to the seven sub-counties to undertake the KICK POLIO OUT OF KENYA immunization campaign.
Health CEC Ahmed Sheikh launched the campaign that was attended by Roads and Public Works CEC Ahmed Ali, Agriculture’s Johora Mohamed and senior staff from the Ministry of Health.
The ministry targeted to immunise 2500 children aged between 14 days to five years across all the sub counties. However, the number is expected to surpass the target due to the cross border population movement along the county’s shared borders with Somalia and Ethiopia.
The campaign strategy to eradicate polio in Mandera involves house to house outreach to ensure every child is immunized.
According to the Health CEC Ahmed sheikh, the responsibility of immunizing children lies with all residents and will only succeed when the targeted communities cooperate with the health teams. Members of the community should understand the importance of immunization to a child’s immediate and long term health prospects, he said.
Despite challenges, the ministry has re-doubled its efforts more than ever before to achieve its targets in each of the immunization campaigns.
Mandera is classified as being amongst high risk counties for polio disease in Kenya.