Baringo South MP wants compulsory vaccination for Hepatitis B

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Baringo South MP Charles Kamuren has called on County governments in the regions hit by Hepatitis B to introduce compulsory vaccination against the disease.

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Speaking Sunday in Sandai, Baringo South, Kamuren said there is need for county governments of the affected regions to ensure that vaccination against the disease is made compulsory to avert more loss of lives.

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Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo and West Pokot are some of the Counties hit by the disease lately.

Kamuren cited Baringo County where at least 10 people have died from the disease.

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He said the worst affected areas include Loboi, Sandai, Lake Baringo, Marigat, Barwesa, Cheminytany and Bartabwa.

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He also said more residents risk contracting the Hepatitis B virus if urgent measures are not put in place to prevent the spread of the disease.

On her part, Baringo Woman Representative Gladwell Tungo appealed to the locals to take advantage of the ongoing vaccination drive by the County government to be vaccinated against the deadly disease.

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She decried the low turnout for the vaccination exercise and urged the residents not to associate the disease with witchcraft.

The viral infection attacks the liver and can cause death.

The world health organization estimates that 686,000 people die every year due to Hepatitis B.

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