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Mitchelle Jelimo April 30, 2024


Immunization remains one of the most cost effective tools to preventing and controlling diseases, disabilities and deaths. The Immunization Week theme for 2024 being; Humanly Possible: Immunization for All.

The Department of Health and Sanitation commemorated the week with a week-long build up activities which included stake-holders meetings, acceleration of the HPV vaccines through outreaches, media engagements, training different cadres of health workers including nurses, public health officers and community health promoters.

Jane Samoei, County Health Promotion Coordinator

The Immunisation Week climaxed celebrations held at Kabiyet Sub County Hospital with activites including children immunizations, vaccination of girls between the ages of 10-14 with HPV Vaccine and advocacy.

Speaking at the event, Jane Samoei, the County Health Promotion Coordinator appealed to the netizens to do the right thing by knowing their children’s vaccination schedules, encouraging them and their families to ensure they are fully immunized and ignore the misinformation that vaccines are unsafe as they are the cheapest and most effective public health interventions that exist.

The Ministry of Health continues to cushion the public from diseases by introducing new vaccines into its national immunization schedule. Recently, the ministry has introduced; pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV), rotavirus vaccines, malaria vaccines, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines. Susan Biwott,the EPI Coordinator urged the residents especially mothers to follow up and make sure they complete their children’s immunization doses as recommended. She implored with them to get the vaccines from all public health facilities around them.

On his part, Laban Talam the County Reproductive Health Coordinator also advised the residents that the vaccines are safe and effective, demistifying the myths around it. “Immunisation will save your family time and money. It will also protect your future generations by saving lives.” He added.

Nandi County has made great strides in its vaccination efforts hence posting good indicators. The department continues to partner with organizations including KANCO and GAVI in supporting development and implementation of the goal to provide universal access to lifesaving vaccines for the children countywide. The collaborations will therefore build capacity to detect and respond to vaccine-preventable disease threats. Every child deserves access to lifesaving vaccines that can protect them against illness, disability, and death. Vaccines make it humanly possible to eradicate disease.

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