Mombasa County government through its health department rolled out anti-polio campaign targeting 308,923 children under 5 years.
County Chief health Officer Aisha Abubakar said county health workers will conduct a door to door campaign that starts Saturday to give children aged 5 years and below the vaccine.
Addressing locals at Ronald Ngala primary school ground in Mombasa on Friday, during the launch Abubakar urged parents to cooperate with the health workers to ensure their children are not left out in the campaign.
She said the vaccine was to prevent children from the disease that has in the past years left many physically challenged.
“Our health workers will go round all residential areas to ensure all eligible children are vaccinated, the campaign will last for 5 days,” she noted.
On her part the County Chief officer Medical services Doctor Khadija Shikelly urged parents to ensure they visit nearby dispensaries incase the five days lapses without their children receiving the vaccine.
She said that county aims at attaining a 100 percent vaccine treatment to all children below five years.
[Mombasa County Devolution Executive member Dr. Seth Odongo giving polio vaccine to children at Ronald Ngala primary school ground. Photo/Courtesy].
A Survivor who is also the National Authority Against Drugs and Alcohol-NACADA Coast Programs manager George Kasera, cautioned parents against ignoring the vaccine.
“I am lucky to be alive, though physically challenged, as parents you do not want your child to suffer the repercussions do you?” posed Mr. Kasera.
He said the vaccine is very important and will safeguard the health of their children.
Another survivor and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen noted that polio has become a global health threat to children that’s why the government is working towards eradicating the disease.
Coastal counties among them Kilifi, Tana river, Mombasa and Lamu are included in the phase one of the campaign.
The campaign is spearheaded by the county government through its Health department, the Ministry of Health, World health organisation, UNICEF mong other global health partners.