Turkana County government and partners among them USAID Imaarisha Jamii and UNICEF Kenya have launched a 10-day intensive Covid-19 mass vaccination campaign.
Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro on Saturday said that the County Government was keen on improving its Covid-19 vaccination status to protect the citizens.
Speaking during the launch of the Covid-19 mass vaccination campaign at Kanamkemer Sub-County Hospital, Lodwar, the Deputy Governor emphasized the importance of the vaccine which had proven to be critical in preventing the severe forms of Covid-19 which still posed a danger.
“Thus far, the County Government has administered over 100,000 first doses and over 80,000 second doses representing only 18 per cent of the target population. This means a larger portion of the population remains unprotected against this scourge,” he said.
The campaign aims to vaccinate 25 per cent of those not vaccinated and second and booster defaulters through mobile outreaches. After the 10 days, the vaccines will still be available in the county health facilities.
The Deputy Governor, who is also the Chair for County Covid-19 Taskforce, was accompanied by County Executives Jane Ajele (Health), Alex Losikiria (Lands, Housing, and Urban Areas Management) and Jeremiah Namuya (Public Service and Disaster Management).
The campaign will also be targeting the persons above 15 with the government approved Pfizer vaccine. It is to this end that CEC Ajele urged the parents of the teenagers from 15 years and above to allow their children to be vaccinated.
County Executives Alex Losikiria (Lands, Housing, and Urban Areas Management) and Jeremiah Namuya (Public Service and Disaster Management County Executive) urged residents of Turkana to get vaccinated and to continue observing the protocols as the virus still posed a threat.
The Deputy Governor appreciated the partners namely USAID Imaarisha Jamii and UNICEF Kenya for supporting the campaign. Thereafter, he led the county executives in receiving their boosters.
During the launch, the vaccinating team administered 65 vaccines; 15 for the first dose, 21 for the second dose and 29 booster shots.
Present for the launch were Directors; Dr Gilchrist Lokoel (Medical Services), Dr Bonventure Ameyo (Promotive and Preventive), Elizabeth Limagur (Governor’s Press) and Deputy Directors Alice Akalapatan (Family Health), Dr Kevin Lomuria (Medical Services), Innocent Sifuna (Public Health and Sanitation) and a number of County Health Management Team and sub-county administration officials.
Also present were the area MCA (Kanamkemer) James Ikeny, area Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs. Representatives from partner organizations; USAID Imarisha Jamii, Diocese of Lodwar, Unicef Kenya and Kenya Red Cross Society were also present.