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identified higher risk districts for polio outbreaks



  WINNIE ATIENO

By WINNIE ATIENO
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It has been found that in eleven counties there is the greatest risk of polio outbreaks. These are Mombasa, Nairobi, Lamu, the Tana River, Garissa, Wajir, Marsabit, Kilifi, Turkana, Isiolo and Mandera.

Mombasa was faced among the counties with an acute lack of polio vaccines for the immunization of children who were at risk of the disease.

On Monday, the Ministry of Health launched a five-day national poliomyelitis vaccine program that targeted 2.6 million children under the age of five in the eleven most vulnerable counties.

Health Team Teams Public health volunteers will run the campaign in homes, churches, mosques, schools, Madrassa, the Likoni ferry port, resorts, and other places where people gather.

Wekesa Masasabi, Director-General of Health, said that children under the age of five are particularly vulnerable to disease because their immunity is not fully developed.

Kenya has been polio-free for the past six years On July 1

4, 2013, a case of imported wild polio virus was reported.

"Polio is a serious illness. It can lead to paralysis, disability and death. During the outbreak of polio in Garissa in 2013, 14 people were paralyzed, while two died, "said Dr. Masasabi, adding that worldwide efforts have been made to eradicate polio. Dr. Joel Gondi, a technical adviser to the ministry, read the speech on behalf of the GD and called on the districts to step up routine immunization.

Polio is a highly contagious viral disease affecting mainly small children. The virus spreads mainly by the fecal-oral route or, more rarely, by a common vehicle such as contaminated water or food. It multiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system and cause paralysis.

The first symptoms of polio include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs, according to the World Health Organization.

In a few cases, the disease is paralyzed, which is often permanent. There is no cure for polio, but it can be prevented by immunization.

Newborns receive the oral vaccine at birth, six weeks, and ten weeks before receiving an injectable version after 14 weeks.


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