Nakuru Marks World Polio Day

Nakuru County joined the world in commemorating this year’s World Polio Day under the theme “A healthier future for mothers and children”,

The County marked this day by Walking from the Railways through the Central Business District to Kenyatta Primary where experts in Health did sensitization about polio prevention.

The County Director for Public Health, Ms Elizabeth Kiptoo led the team together with the President of the Rotary Club of Nakuru Ms Rani Ramchandani to flag off the activity.World Polio day Nakuru

Ms Elizabeth Kiptoo noted that the County has been implementing various strategies towards ending polio including Routine immunizations, national immunization days, and awareness creation.

The County’s Department of Health has very active disease surveillance that helps identify and manage vaccine-preventable diseases.

She urged members of the public to report any case of paralysis in children less than 15 years for early diagnosis and treatment of polio.World Polio day Nakuru

A mop-up activity is done occasionally to enhance risk analysis and mitigation in case of any suspected cases in the Community.

County Chief Nursing Officer and a polio expert Ms Virginia Njenga urged members of the public to take up vaccination that is available in all Government facilities free of charge. The County has achieved over 93% of polio vaccination and targets to get 100% vaccination of the eligible population.

World Polio day Nakuru

She noted that Polio is a vaccine-preventable disease that mainly occurs in children under 5 years old. Children are therefore started on routine immunization from birth.

Under the leadership of H.E Governor Susan Kihika, Nakuru County will consider future efforts to continue the decades-long collaboration against polio.

Martin Gichinga
Author: Martin Gichinga

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