Govt assures Kenyans that new polio vaccine is safe

By Samuel Musita

The government is assuring Kenyans that the new polio vaccine is safe contrary to reports that it had some negative effects on kids.

According to the outgoing director of Medical services Nicholas Muraguri, the vaccine had been tested by relevant units and called on parents to take their kids to get the jab.

Muraguri said the Polio vaccination had been used before.

In a speech read on his behalf by nominated Senator Harold Kipchumba, who is also the Polio Ambassador in Kenya. Kipchumba was  speaking during the National Launch of the Polio vaccination campaign at Miharati grounds in Kipipiri Constituency Nyandarua County.

The five day campaign that will be done in the whole country targets 8.7 million children under five years where health officials will conduct a house to house immunization.

Kipchumba said the immunization was part of the United Nations goal of eradicating the disease by 2018 and will be the second after successful eradication of small pox in 1977.

  

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